Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'
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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Mikel Arteta does not know his best starting XI at Arsenal. The pressure is piling on the Spaniard with the Gunners currently residing in last place with zero points.
Their Premier League season begun with humbling 2-0 defeats away to Brentford and at home to Chelsea.
But they experienced another level of pain against Manchester City, with the reigning champions humiliating them 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The international break could not have come at a better time for Arteta, who had been scythed down by terrible results, injuries, and positive Coronavirus tests.
However, Murphy still feels Arteta is still undecided as to who his strongest first XI is, and he will have to figure it out fast if Arsenal are to turn their season around.
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“I know he works hard, and I know he is trying to improve the players, and I am not saying he is clueless, but he does not seem like he has really nailed down what he is trying to do, or what his first eleven is,” Murphy said on TalkSPORT.
“Last season, at times it looked like Arteta was still guessing about what his best eleven was and what tactical plan he was going to have.
“This patience he wants the fans to have and this plan he has is all well and good if you can see some progression in what they are trying to do.”
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The North Londoners were also the biggest spenders of the transfer window, investing a whopping £156m on Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Nuno Tavares.
But their transfer policy of prioritising young, promising players has also been the subject of intense criticism, with many claiming the former Manchester City assistant manager should have targeted more experienced players.
Their policy was recently defended by Arsenal technical director Edu, who urged the supporters to be patient.
“Of course, it has hurt us to be in that situation,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports.
“We are hurt, I am hurt. I don’t want to see the club there, but I want to see the team playing together.
“Let’s judge the team when they play together.”
Murphy concurred with the former Gunners’ midfielder and believed the return of Arsenal’s key men should be enough to recover their season.
“The interview (Edu) was okay,” said Murphy.
“When they get the likes of Thomas Partey and Gabriel back, and start getting their best eleven on the pitch, then I think they will be alright.
“But, for me, there has been too much inconsistency in tactics and in personnel.”
Arsenal host Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium just after the international break, before travelling to face Burnley the following week.
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