Mikel Arteta’s squad options limited because ‘he is getting stick’

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has claimed that Mikel Arteta will have to consider a loan deal for William Saliba in January, because he is already ‘getting stick’ with the first-team squad.

The manager is currently trying to overturn a rocky turn of form, with Arsenal having suffered three defeats in our last four Premier League matches.

While his team is struggling to find wins, much of the issues have come up front, with the side only scoring once (from the penalty spot at Old Trafford) in those four matches.

Campbell states that the coach will have to address the issues in his team, as well as making a decision on Saliba, before stating his belief that the manager will make the correct decision.

“In these next couple of weeks Arteta has to assess and address everything,” Campbell told Football Insider.

“He needs to look at Saliba and if there is an opportunity to incorporate him in a matchday squad he has got to do that.

“If Arteta feels that he needs to get out on loan and communicate and learn a bit more, that is what he has to do. Mikel Arteta will make the right decision.

“He is a baby in the game. He has a lot of time ahead of him and as we are seeing Mikel Arteta cannot really take risks with an untried player right now.

“Even with tried and tested players he is getting stick so he has to make sure that Saliba is right when he does eventually come in.”

Is Arteta limited in his options because the team is already under fire? Is there room to bring the youngster into the first-team squad at present?


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  1. Football is not about experience. Where’s that experience taking us? If experience is the determining factor, then we should be playing Ozil, Mustafi, Xhaka, and Willian. We’ll be at the bottom of the log. Arteta needs to wakeup and choose players based on current performance

    1. From what I read, he was solid at times, but a little rusty… Good passing, but wasn’t under too much pressure.
      Chambers played the first 45…
      Apparently Nikolaj Moller has impressed since his arrival in the summer… defo one to keep an eye on!!

      1. Thanks, Sue.
        Medley & Coyle played for Gillingham.

        Moller? Another youth player to add to our “one for the future” list.

        1. 👍 Coyle scored their goal – the cheek of it 😂
          Moller’s Swedish… we bought him from Malmo – another Ibra?! 🙂

  2. Well, managers tend to get questioned and criticized when you have 4W and 4L and got played off the pitch at home in your last match.
    Also when Willian is played as a 9, and the team hasn’t scored a goal in several PL matches.
    Great news is that as manager Arteta is the one to turn things around. I’m not an expert and I don’t claim to have the solution, but I can tell what is not currently working based on the results.
    Try opening things up a bit; can’t hurt at this point because currently it’s eye poison watching us play. Arteta desperately needs an assistant coach to help with the offense and challenge him on some of his decision making.
    Trying to be everything isn’t working, and maybe the promotion from “coach” to “manager” was a bit premature for Arteta.

    1. Spot on 👌but we’ll be criticised for not supporting the manager Durand – you know that, don’t you?!

      1. You are correct Ken, but we shall both go with the presumption that one can criticize and be supportive at the same time. I fully support Arteta, however I feel it a responsibility to question rather than blindly support.

  3. Apparently Saliba still hasn’t bothered to learn to speak English after over a year of knowing he was going to be playing for Arsenal.
    How professional is that?

  4. Whoops! I’ve just googled it and he can. Has even given an interview. I first read this at the end of last season.
    Slapped wrist Jax

  5. Arteta has decade’s best Arsenal squad…

    Yet he cant peak right team. Took Luiz injury to realize we have a better option! all our CB are actually best…

    Same non sense with Willian, pmays him as RW, CF, RW…

    Trying to make Auba an Henry, plays is as a LW, and Saka as a midfield!!!

    Our 2 best options are:
    – Pepe Auba Saka,
    – Auba Laca Saka

    Saka is best LW in UK, We know Auba golden boot striker. Pepe when finds his rythm is top 3 EPL’s RW..

    Laca a great overall attacking player who combines well with auba playing as RW he played lot.

    He doesnt get that we cant create chances, but doesnt sets midfield to allow that.

    Reality is that we have a complete teqm with addition of of beast as DM needed for decade strong; Partey. And 2 good CBs behind him.

    That center areq was our huge pb for ages; we solved it

    But, scoring wins game, to do so strikees need ball from midfield, a a provider & creative player.

    Hard to say here, to admit it; but we look exactly as last year trying to keep Ozil off the team.

    Without strong center defensive line up behind him; Ozil or any provider/creqtive player cant play in such a system. Ceballos spends his all game defending…

    To have Partey allows to play Ozil who is defenetly type of player missing.

    That is the biggest blow! He cant play in EPL nor EL til mid season, free to sign elsewhere!

    Beyond Ozil, how can he replace Partey by Ceballos? We losing 1-0, Niles or Willock would defend better and rush forward…Ceballos forced and caught up defending is useless…

    Ridiculous, he hqs no clue!

    bellerin Gabriel-Holding Tierny
    Pepe Auba Saka

    That is EPL best overall team!

    we missed 2 pieces in puzzle, Gabriel & Partey. Ceballos,Willock Rowe and Laca are options to play behind front 3,

    Ozil is of course best option in this system; banned from EPL by his own club! !!!

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