Speculation regarding Mikel Arteta’s future at Arsenal is “so unjust”, says Hector Bellerin, with the Gunners defender eager to see any blame in north London pointed in the direction of underperforming players.
Inconsistency has remained an issue at Emirates Stadium in 2020-21, with Arsenal recording their worst start to a season in 39 years.
Arteta, as a rookie coach in his first full campaign at the Arsenal helm, has started to face some uncomfortable questions. The Spaniard has spent just 12 months in the Gunners hot seat, but it has been suggested that his tenure may not extend much beyond that point.
Bellerin is stunned by the criticism being aimed in Arteta’s direction, who he says remains the right man to drag an out-of-sorts squad out of the rut they have become stuck in.
The Arsenal full-back told beIN Sports of the exit talk surrounding his boss:
“So unjust. So unjust. As I say, we have to, as players, take responsibility for this because I think we all know that Mikel and his coaching team give us all the tools that we need to win all the games.
“When you lose a game it’s always very easy to blame the coach, but also when the coach gives us the tools we have to be the ones to step up.
“The way that Mikel plans these games, all the knowledge that they give us before we step on to the pitch is second to none.
“Sometimes it’s not that easy, depending on the opponent, but that’s why football is beautiful. If you play the games on the [tactics] board, then it will be a completely different game.”