Rio Ferdinand has theory as to why Arsenal are struggling under Mikel Arteta

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal 's struggles under Mikel Arteta this season are down to a 'lack of harmony' in the squad.

The Gunners have had their worst start to a top flight season since their 1974/75 campaign and their 1-0 loss to Burnley on Sunday marked the first time they have lost four league games in a row at home since 1959.

Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand was asked why he thinks Arsenal are in such a poor run of form and he replied: "I just think they're lacking in harmony. We've seen the new signing, [William] Saliba, talking to [Matteo] Guendouzi on social media.

"And obviously Mesut Ozil is on the sidelines as well. Mikel Arteta came in and bang, set my stool out this is what is going on and these players aren't playing.

"Now, if you do that and you are winning like he was earlier on in the season, then you don't hear anything. You don't hear any murmurs or mutterings behind the scenes from any players because you cannot say anything.

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"Once that changes and you start losing games and pressure starts mounting. Then the people that aren't playing start being a part of the group that maybe affects the harmony. That's why you either have to get rid of them and get them out of the building.

"Or you have got to keep that door ajar and let them know there's an opportunity, so they don't become bitter and they don't become people that want to talk in the media.

"I think it's down to Arteta to handle that. He has to handle the dilemmas of the changing rooms. He has to handle the players that are playing but you also have to handle people are in and around the squad that aren't playing every week.

"That is where Sir Alex was a genius. He made people feel 10 foot tall and they were subs or they were in the stands. He made them feel that he needed them or believed in them – that's an area Arsenal are struggling."

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