Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has reacted to Gunners fans booing the Arsenal players during last night’s disgraceful encounter against Burnley.
The Gunners were condemned to their fourth consecutive loss at home last night to struggling Burnley after a woeful second-half display coupled with a shameful unsportsmanlike conduct from Granit Xhaka resulting to his sending off.Embed from Getty Images
With time fast running and fans quite agitated, it didn’t take long for the fans to lose patience in Mikel Arteta and his lad’s play, taking to their voices as they booed their Arsenal team at the Emirates Stadium last night.
Speaking to SkySports after the game last night, Tierney was quite critical of his side’s shambolic display on the night.
According to the 23-year-old, they deserved the booing from fans, whilst defending his manager, Mikel Arteta from the criticism.
“[The boos] was deserved,” Tierney told Sky Sports after the match.
“They are coming out here and supporting us.”Embed from Getty Images
“We could have done better. We had few chances in the first-half and could have scored”
“Tonight of course was disappointing, and the fans are simply reacting to it”
“We still have tough games ahead and really need to improve on our play” He added.
The Scottish international refused to criticize his teammate, Granit Xhaka for his unwarranted conduct leading to his sending-off which eventually drew the Gunners farer from salvaging a point from the tie.
“It is hard to say the red card cost us the game. It was always going to be a lot tougher,” Tierney said.Embed from Getty Images
“We are not showing the manager what we can do and how much we believe in him.
“Every game there are signs we are doing a bit better but it is still not good enough. At half time we need to be going in in the lead but we are not doing that.
“Hard work is the only thing [that can fix this], nothing else for it. There are no excuses. There is nothing I can say that will make people believe a positive thing is going to come out of this.” He added.
Quizzed on his manager’s effort thus far in turning the North Londoners fortunes around, Tierney dispelled rumors of a an acrimonious dressing room, hailing the Spaniards efforts thus far.
“We are lucky we have a great manager. We just need to show better on the pitch.”
“We’re united off the pitch and really need to step things up in the pitch”Embed from Getty Images
He’s been letting us know we have to raise our game if we’re to have a decent finish this season” Tierney concluded.
Menawhile, Gunners chief Vinai Venkatesham is reportedly intensified chase for Arteta’s replacement and is reneging on the three-match ultimatum handed to the 38-year-old manager last week.
The Gunners are still linked with Arsenal Wenger, but top of the chase now is a move for either Tottenham ex-manager, Mauricio Pochettino or Massimiliano Allegri.
The later however disclosed the soonest he would be returning to active managerial duties is January 2021.
But can the Gunners wait till January to replace a failing Mikel Arteta? Of course a big no, meaning a swoop for Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t be far fetched.
Pochettino has been out of job since his sacking from Tottenham last year November and is also linked as potential replacement for Man Utd boss, Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
The Gunners are in deep waters with just five points separating them from the relegation zone, coupled with reports of crisis in the dressing room with manager Mikel Arteta said to be losing confidence and respect after of the players having openly criticized quite a number of them in his post-match interviews.
Only a fortnight beforehand, Nicolas Pepe had received his marching orders after launching his head at Ezgjan Alioski during the stalemate against Leeds at Elland Road.
Arteta’s post-match reaction after that game saw him lambast Pepe for his “unacceptable” actions and criticised the Ivorian for ‘letting the team down’.
The Spaniard also said Thomas Partey ‘failed to grasp the intensity of the situation’ in the buildup to Tottenham’s second goal in their North London derby.
It’s a rarity that you’ll see a manager criticize a senior player in such blunt fashion but Arteta had no issue with doing so and sources understands that some of the first-team squad were unhappy about the way he called him out on TV.
There is talk that many of the players have “mentally clocked out”, including Xhaka who was already not happy at the club after being used in a variety of different roles since Arteta took over.
Sources also understands that Arteta’s relationship with David Luiz has soured over the past few weeks, with neither the manager or player speaking directly to each other anymore.
Arsenal have strongly denied that there has been any issue between Mikel Arteta and David Luiz. A representative of the Brazilian has also been in touch with the following statement:
David Luiz strongly denies this story about him and Arteta and insists he has a good relationship with Arteta and wishes nothing but success.
Added to the omission of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis in the Premier League and Europa League squads, the fall-out effect of leaving two influential figures in the dressing room has been felt.Embed from Getty Images
Both players are hugely respected within the first team squad and the reasons for Ozil and Sokratis not being included have never been revealed to the players, it’s been a slow chasm which has indeed affected the mood of the squad and left an unsettling atmosphere around London Colney.
Many have questioned why £28m man William Saliba hasn’t been used in the first team this season and when speaking to a source inside the club, reports emerged that the Frenchman “was an Emery signing”, in reference to Arteta’s predecessor.
That certainly rings true when you assess the players who have been exiled or sent out on loan. From Ozil and Sokratis’ exile, to Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi being sent out on loan.
It’s no surprise either to see leaks emanating from the club. It is also understood that several agents of first team players briefed the media of the fight between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz. It’s understood that told his squad in an internal meeting at London Colney that he will “destroy” whoever is behind the leaks.
Arsenal have now lost four home league games in a row for the first time since 1959. They sit 15th in the Premier League and the downward spiral has shown no signs of coming to a halt. The football has worsened, the chances are coming less and the players are looking more unhappy on the pitch with every game.
They host high-firing Southampton on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium in what could as well be Mikel Arteta’s last game as Arsenal manager.
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