David Seaman offers honest assessment of under-fire Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Arsenal icon David Seaman insists Mikel Arteta “needs to be given time” amid heavy criticism of the Gunners boss.

Arsenal sit 14th in the Premier League with over a quarter of the season gone and lost their most-recent match 2-1 at home to Wolves.

The result marked Arsenal’s third consecutive league loss at the Emirates, after 1-0 and 3-0 defeats to Leicester and Aston Villa respectively.

The Gunners’ poor form has piled pressure on Arteta, who led the club to FA Cup glory only four months ago but now finds his job under scrutiny.

Arsenal’s defensive style of play under the Spaniard has drawn much criticism and their tally of 10 goals scored is the fourth-worst in the Premier League.

Arteta is a man in the spotlight

The Gunners hope to return to winning ways against Rapid Vienna

However, Seaman insists the Spaniard has done well in the Emirates hot seat so far and deserves to be given the time to turn Arsenal’s poor form around.

“Overall, I’ve been impressed with Mikel Arteta,” the former Arsenal goalkeeper told the Target Men Podcast . “When he first signed for Arsenal, I thought it was a big risk because it’s his first job and it’s a big job.

Only three teams have scored fewer than the Gunners’ 10 league goals

18-year-old Miguel Azeez trained with the first-team ahead of the Rapid Vienna clash

“After Emery and the latter years of Arsene, we weren’t getting any better, so for Mikel to take over was a tough ask.

“At the time I thought Patrick Vieira might have been a better choice because he’d already had experience, but after I saw Mikel’s first press interview, I was really impressed.

“Since then, I like how he’s affecting the team, but he needs to be given time from the board to make it his own team.

“The game against Wolves showed that Arsenal are still lacking in confidence and a clear idea of what is expected of them.”

Arsenal return to action on Thursday night as they host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, aiming to maintain their 100 per cent record in the group stage.

Arteta’s men then travel to league-leaders Tottenham on Sunday for a crunch North London derby.

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