Emmanuel Frimpong: Arsenal's flops are the problem – NOT Mikel Arteta

Arsenal’s flops are the problem – NOT Mikel Arteta, claims his former team-mate Emmanuel Frimpong as he insists the likes of Granit Xhaka and Nicolas Pepe are not good enough

  • Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has blasted the club’s recruitment 
  • The Ghanaian stated boss Mikel Arteta could turn things around at the Emirates
  • Arsenal host Chelsea at 5.30 on Boxing Day currently lying in 15th in the league 

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has blamed the club’s players for their current predicament, rather than manager Mikel Arteta.

Frimpong, a former team-mate of Arteta, retired from football in March 2019 after a series of injuries.

Arteta’s Arsenal have started the season poorly and are currently languishing in 15th in the Premier League, just four points off 18th-placed Fulham in the relegation zone.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has spoken out about the club’s steep decline

Once-capped Ghana international Emmanuel Frimpong made 16 appearances for Arsenal

The 28-year-old, who played alongside Mikel Arteta, retired from professional football in 2019

But the once-capped Ghana international has placed responsibility with the side’s under-performing players rather than the Spaniard.

He told Playojo: ‘I don’t think the problem is Arteta, it’s the players and the investment the club has made in the players. When you look at the Arsenal squad, it’s not the best of squads.

‘Of course, we are all thinking Arsenal should be in the top four, based on the history of the club. The fact of the matter is Arsenal is not a top four team at the moment, with the players we have, the structures in place, the club’s investments just haven’t been good enough. 

Frimpong refused to blame Arteta for the side’s failings, stating he could turn things around

‘Sometimes they do pay a lot of money for players but unfortunately when they join, they do not perform. For example, players like Pepe and Xhaka haven’t performed to the standard that we thought they would.

‘I’m not happy with the way the club is being run, but at the same time they have put money into the club, it’s just that the players that they’ve been bringing in haven’t worked. 

‘I do believe in Mikel, he doesn’t have the experience but given the right platform, and the right players, he can push Arsenal to the next level.’

The £35million midfielder Grant Xhaka has caused consistent disciplinary issues, while £72m record signing Nicolas Pepe has failed to secure a regular starting place.

Instead, record signing Nicolas Pepe (left) and Granit Xhaka (right) came into the firing line

Winger Willian, 32, was signed on a lucrative three-year deal from Chelsea but is yet to score in 16 appearances for the Gunners.

Arteta also demonstrated some of the pressure on him with an unusual, stats-heavy press conference reminiscent of Rafael Benitez ‘facts’ rant at Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arsenal host Chelsea at 5.30 on Boxing Day, with the 38-year-old admitting a win would be the best medicine for his ‘hurting and suffering’ side. 

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