Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the club’s board to back under-pressure boss Mikel Arteta in the January window and fears the Gunners’ current squad could get sucked into a dogfight – though insists they are too good to go down.
The north London club’s miserable form continued on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at Goodison Park, meaning they have picked up just five points from the last 30 available and are closer to the relegation zone than the European places.
Arsenal only mustered two shots on target in the game in another uninspiring performance, but Wright still believes Arteta is the right man for the job and just needs better players.
‘I think they’ve come out and backed him – and rightly so, he’s a good coach – and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January,’ the former Gunners striker said on DAZN.
‘I think with the current players he’s got – I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course I’m not saying that – if you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in.
‘And then you’re going to be under real pressure to get yourselves out of it, then people have to perform to a certain level to get yourselves out of it.
‘Because other teams can smell that blood and they will go for you, it’s a very ruthless league.’
‘What we saw, especially with the goals [conceded] tonight and the way they’re playing, not a lot of creation and even when they did there weren’t enough people in the box.
‘What you want is, if you’re not scoring enough, you make sure you’re defending resolutely. You’ve got to be tighter on people.
‘I thought the set-piece goal was poor, I thought the lead up to Everton’s first goal could have been avoided and all about hard work, getting close to people and making it more difficult for them.
‘Arsenal are going through a phase at the moment where they do not seem to be able to create the kind of chances that are giving them opportunities to score so they have to be exemplary in another area and it’s defending.’