Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer feels that Arsenal players are no longer ready to fight for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger after the 2-1 loss to Brighton virtually ended team’s Champions League hopes.
The Gunners are in danger of finishing outside the Premier League top 4 for the second year running as they sit huge 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with just nine games to go.
Weekend’s embarrassing defeat to Brighton & Howe Albion was Arsenal’s fourth in a row in all competitions, following setbacks vs Ostersunds and Man City (twice), and no wonder manager Arsene Wenger is starting to feel the pressure.
Alan Shearer seems to believe that the Frenchman has lost the dressing room and that the players are no longer responding to his orders.
“Arsene Wenger is sat there looking a very worried man and so he should be,’ Shearer told the BBC.
“When you’re being beaten by Spurs, Ostersund and Man City as they have been, as a manager you’re looking towards your players and you’re saying “come one guys, I’ve had so much criticism the last couple of weeks, is there any danger of you helping me out here?”.
“And he got that reaction from the Arsenal players today. ‘That tells me that they’re not listening, they’re fed up with his voice in training anymore and of course there are big problems in that football club.”
Next up for the Gunners is the Europa League clash against high-flying AC Milan at Stadio San Siro, and they are priced at 13/5 to emerge victorious.