Alan Smith believes Mikel Arteta was bound to make mistakes as an inexperienced coach and the coach has already proved him right.
always believed that
was ultimately going to make mistakes as a “rookie manager” and he finally did as he extended David Luiz’s contract which cost the club a lot of money without giving the club back anything extra. He also signed Willian on an expensive contract which turned out to be a bad decision.
are currently suffering from their worst start since 39 years ago and Smith admits that Arteta is being let down by his own players and decisions.
“Too many senior players are letting him down. Too many appear to lack the desire and hunger for what is turning into a long, cold winter,” Smith said.
“I said last week Arteta is bound to make mistakes as a rookie manager. And he has.
“Extending David Luiz’s contract cost the club a lot of money without giving the team anything extra. Likewise, the expensive acquisition of Willian didn’t look good business at the time. It looks even worse now following several anonymous outings that reek of a player with little to prove or achieve towards the end of his career.
“These two, of course, are not solely to blame for the worrying position Arsenal now assume. The other two main attackers — Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — can’t buy a goal or indeed find any inspiration for the uphill task.
“As a manager, that’s got to make you think. Standing on the sideline at Dundalk, Arteta saw some young players busting a gut to impress, eager to make a mark at senior level. We’re talking about youngsters with lots of potential such as Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Folarin Balogun, and Emile Smith-Rowe, a player rated very highly by many at the club.
“Would it be out of the question to throw some in on Sunday to offer fresh ideas and enthusiasm? I mean, we’re talking about Burnley, not Bayern Munich. That’s not to disrespect Sean Dyche’s side, a team struggling just now but one that could easily embarrass the Gunners.
“Fighting for their lives, the visitors won’t lack for passion and spirit. If Arsenal don’t match that, the situation could get worse. Because of that, maybe it’s time for Arteta to make a statement by picking the kids.”
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