Gary Neville hits the nail on the head with assessment of “boring” Arsenal
Gary Neville has slammed Arsenal under Mikel Arteta for their “boring” football and insists it needs to change quickly.
The Gunners are in a rut having lost five of their last seven Premier League games with their last win coming on November 1.
Arteta is facing a barrage of criticism despite inheriting a side that were in freefall a year ago.
It looks as if the same could now be happening as Arsenal continue spiraling down the table.
Neville concedes that the Spaniard has made the Gunners more solid than they were under Unai Emery but believes fans will not accept a stale brand of football.
“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.”
The north London outfit have league games coming up against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.
Arteta is in desperate need of three points, but Neville reckons his first priority needs to be getting his players act like their believe in the way he wants them to play.
“I think Mikel Arteta has got to do one thing in the next few weeks,” he added.
“Results may not come, the performances may not come, but he’s got to make those Arsenal players look like they are enjoying themselves.
“They just don’t look like they are enjoying themselves on a football pitch.
“Watching that game against Everton, I saw a team of players who looked like they were toiling and struggling with maybe how they are being asked to play or they didn’t believe in the system, or whether they think the other players alongside them are not good enough, something’s not right.”