Wed 23 December 2020 | 16:40

Arteta making unusual decisions, says Keown

Arteta decided to play his young goalkeeper which cost them 2 goals and Martinelli who got injured.


failed to win yet another match as they knocked-out of the Carabo Cup after a 4-1 defeat against

Manchester City



is under a lot of pressure and Keown believes that he is making bold decisions. Decisions which are obviously being made under pressure and out of panic.

A member of the fabled 2003-04 Invincibles squad has expressed his belief that Arteta needs advising on the touchline after another domestic disaster, telling talkSPORT: 

“It’s turned into a crisis and the manager has joined in with really unusual decisions.

“He played the young kid [Runarsson] last night, no-one likes to see that [the mistakes], but I don’t believe his performance was a surprise.

“If Leno gets injured, having allowed Martinez to leave, they’ve left themselves wide open from the goalkeeping point of view.

“Just keep it simple! Martinez was outstanding last season.

“It’s looking at decisions in key moments, Partey coming back after a few days’ training and now he’s out for months.

“The support base around the manager has got to help him when it comes to every single decision.

“I was screaming at the telly last night – Martinelli, a fantastic talent, down injured for five minutes before half-time.

“Don’t bring him back out, please don’t bring him out… he comes back out and lasts about two minutes. Make the right decisions!

“He’s under massive pressure at the moment.”



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