Pundit accuses Arsenal of being boring under Arteta

Gary Neville says that Arsenal is struggling this season and their football is boring.

The Gunners had become a tougher team to beat since Mikel Arteta has become their manager, but the price for that is not playing exciting football.

Even worse is that they now struggle for creativity.

Their recent run of form in the league has placed them close to the relegation zone ahead of their next league game against Chelsea.

They face a Frank Lampard side that has been inconsistent this season, but they beat West Ham last night and that will have boosted their morale.

Neville was talking about Arsenal’s current situation on his podcast and he said that they are more solid and rigid, but they have also become boring to watch.

He says fans can take it when you lose games, but they won’t enjoy it when you are boring, and Arsenal needs to change that for their fans.

“The Mikel Arteta team looks more rigid, more solid but it’s a bit boring and they’ve got to get that out. You can’t bore,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.

“I used to say that here [at Manchester United ]. You can win, you can lose, you can’t be bored coming to Old Trafford.

“I think most fans are the same, they can watch the team win, they can watch the team draw and they can watch the team lose but they won’t accept being bored.

“And to me the Arsenal players at this moment in time look a little bored and the football they are producing looks like a real struggle.”

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  1. siamois says:

    Well when you have Man Utd fans on Twitter asking for Arsenal to stick with MA you know we’re in trouble and it’s also karma some of our fans used to do the same thing with OGS!

  2. Declan says:

    Yep, sounds about right.

  3. Reggie says:

    Boring is about right and none productive. Awful.

  4. Grandad says:

    With our group of mediocre midfielders it’s difficult not to be boring.I would be interested to learn the views of the “oracle” Neville on our friends from North London, who are also devoid of creativity but have in Son and Kane players who can hurt any side on the counter attack, any side that is except Leicester City whose recruitment has been the best in the League in my opinion.

  5. Armoury says:

    Football is entertainment, and when its boring there’s no entertainment. Arsenal is really boring to watch. Awful

  6. vieiralynn says:

    It’s one thing to adopt a more counter-attacking approach like the Spurs or LC, where they absorb pressure then attack vertically whenever chances arise…it’s another thing altogether to be so tactically naïve that you not only invite pressure, due to the fact our largely static sideways play has a tendency to trap players in the offensive zone, but you likewise refuse to stretch the field vertically so the opposing team has ample time to recover defensively…it’s called chickenshit football

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