‘Sometimes I don’t understand Arteta,’ former Chelsea man criticises Arsenal boss

Frank Leboeuf has slammed Mikel Arteta for his decision to replace Alexandre Lacazette with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

With the Gunners struggling for goals, Arteta needed a moment of inspiration and thought his out-of-form captain could provide that for him.

Aubameyang didn’t do that, and Arsenal succumbed to a second loss to Villa in a matter of months.

Leboeuf wasn’t happy with that particular change and says Lacazette deserved to remain on the field considering his current run of form.

He couldn’t understand why Arteta would remove him for a player that is out of form when he needed goals.

‘Sometimes I don’t understand Arteta,’ he told ESPN FC via the Metro

‘They are 1-0 down and substituted on Aubameyang, who is completely in doubt right now, for Lacazette, who can be the real leader of the attack and knows on top of scoring goals, giving assists. I think it was a mistake. 

‘I don’t know if Arsenal deserved to lose because they had the possession of the ball. 

‘Some actions were interesting but with no finishes whatsoever.’

Aubameyang’s performance in that game shows that he may spend more time out of the starting XI than initially thought.

Lacazette cannot, however, bear the entire goals burden himself. 

The earlier Auba returns to form, the better for the team as they chase a place in the top four and also look to win the Europa League.

Tags Alexandre Lacazette Frank Le Bouef Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

27 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    OT.. CITY!! CITY!! CITY!!

    1. Sue says:

      4-1 Get in there!!!
      Alisson howling…. blue moon 😂😂

      1. ken1945 says:

        Sue, there is something about watching pool and klopp being humikiated😂😂

        Now he’s saying that the club’s priority is to finish in the top four, in order to get CL football – so pleased we didn’t go for a manager with such limited expectations 🙄

        1. ken1945 says:

          HUMILIATED!!!!

        2. Sue says:

          Oh Ken, it was wonderful!! Cheered me up no end after yesterday 😬

          1. Tawanda Chichinye ' A Gooner' says:

            And they still sing ‘You will never walk alone’

  2. RSH says:

    Maybe it’s time to accept the fact Aubameyang is not returning to form. At least this season he’s surely not. We need big shakeups. Martinelli can play in the striker role and instead he’s been relegated to the bench. We can’t keep going on with this broken attack. It’s embarrasing.

    1. Pops says:

      Willian and Auba is his down fall right now..not as ruthless as he wants us to believe

    2. Kelly says:

      Let him finish his contract and kick his heels bring in new blood

  3. Mogunna says:

    Yep city shows we in crazy league. Looked as a draw for long minute..

    Just as City slipped and will all over sudden again playing smaller called teams.

    Overall with a Leeds draw tomorrow we will not have suffered too much with wolves, spurs, saints, man U, foxes results…

    Can’t expect Chelsea to slip tonight tho….:).

    Sad we didn’t get Tuchel who wanted Arsenal. Idiotic board trying to show us wrong instead of right; therefore should exit with Arteta.

    Bring Captain Viera and Arsene as Head of football and Boss…

    Henry, Bergampf, in board! Get those transfers right..

  4. Reggie says:

    I agree with Frank, i dont understand Artetas decisions either not personel wise, not team pick wise and not substitution wise. I dont like the way we play, i dont like the way the “experienced” players are trusted and the younger one are not. I dont like the lack of professionalism in the team and i dont like our wasted dead balls. I didn’t like the way Leno got back in the team at the expense of the better Martinez, i didnt like him playing Pepe on the right, i dodn’t like that Willian keeps getting undeserved game time. I didn’t like the way he bombed Gouendouzi out, i dont like the way he didn’t give willock a chance, i dont like the way he moans about decisions and how he says we we play well when we lose, when we clearly haven’t. I dont like his man management and i dont like the fact he has more hair than me. I truly believe he isn’t getting anywhere near the best out of this team, in fact i think he is treading water badly. He looks the part but he isnt the part.

    1. Chapo says:

      “I don’t like the fact he has more hair than me”….. 😂 😂 😂

      1. PJ-SA says:

        10 things i hate about you sequel

        1. Reggie says:

          Ha ha ha 🤣🤣🤣

          1. Reggie says:

            Oh and i didnt like the way he treated Saliba. Has anyone seen the picture of him jumping for a corner today hitting the bar. HOW HIGH CAN HE JUMP!

    2. Padosky says:

      Give willock a chance?
      What chance do you wish it should be given to willock??

    3. Stephen says:

      Well said Reggie

  5. Mish says:

    I dont like the fact you wrote a poem than being constructive with a solution

    1. Chapo says:

      “I don’t like”, “I don’t like”, “I don’t like”…. So many I don’t likes, seems nobody likes anything over here. 😂

  6. Mussa nyarubamba says:

    Just have a look at what players used to play when the team was edging close to relegation zone, wilian, Gabriel and pepe among those players, a big revolution contributed by pablo mari, saka, partey and martinel was wonderful! The defence under Mari is always sold, I don’t understand why any coach on earth can leave a player like martinel out, wonder for sure!

  7. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    anything Frank says about a fellow countryman or Chelski, I take with a HUGE grain of salt

  8. Vinnie2000 says:

    N mostly I don’t like the fact that we might finish 15th or 16th this season above Fulham, Brighton n co if some Valuable sense is not talked into the Head of Mikel Arteta..😒😒😏

  9. Okezie chukwudi kingsley says:

    May be lacazette taken off because of precaution due to that head collussion,remember how he almost broke his neck against man utd,.may be precaution i guess

  10. koech victor says:

    Martinelli is out because he seems to be made of glass,Willock is’nt an arsenal caliber player, i personally think he should have left long ago accompanied by Nelson,Niles,Nketiah…and i don’t like the fact that he always manages to beat chelsea

    1. Michael Sauls says:

      MA man management is very poor. When we win no1 complains!

  11. Devies hustler says:

    Am really fade of MA’s team selection and substitutiom;how can you bring in a flop willian over Gabi in hunt for goals.This is unacceptable in our DNA club! How i wish willian, mohamed,auba(thanks for work done), alex and inconsistent players pepe,xhaka,lacazete,nketia and luiz plus their MA go make their club.and bring back MG WS AND sign buendia,bissouma,brighton right back, tieney backup and ian wright as coach assisted by g.silver.

  12. Jim wall says:

    I can’t understand how lampard got sacked at Chelsea and they were playing better football and in a better league position than us now,
    Emery was sacked too and arsenal were in a better position that time as well,
    We should sack arteta ASAP and get in a better manager, look how Everton improved when they changed manager and look at Chelsea now, we have the players its the manager..

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