‘I haven’t been able to do that’: Candid Mikel Arteta blames HIMSELF for not getting the best of his entire Arsenal squad after his Premier League title bid failed as he admits the club must ‘be critical’ with ourselves’
- Boss Mikel Arteta has expressed a critical opinion on the management of his own team.
- The club’s title challenge faded before Manchester City retained the crown.
- Arsenal now face ending the season with three straight losses this weekend
Mikel Arteta has sincerely blamed himself for not getting enough of his entire Arsenal squad after they fell apart in the final months of the season.
The Gunners have exceeded many expectations by pressing Manchester City for the Premier League title through April.
But now they face ending the season with three straight losses on Sunday against Wolves after losing to Brighton and Nottingham Forest.
When asked about giving opportunities to all his players, he said: ‘First of all, (we have to) be critical of ourselves, first of all of myself.
‘My job is to get the best out of the 24 players we have available and I haven’t been able to do it.
Mikel Arteta has sincerely blamed himself for not getting the best out of his entire Arsenal squad.
The club’s title fight faded in recent weeks, Manchester City being crowned champions.
‘There are still players who have great potential and we haven’t been able to do that. There are different reasons. Whether it’s the injuries, whether it’s the time of the game, whether I haven’t had the chance or I haven’t been able to play them enough.
‘We have to look for those margins because our job is to improve them…’
This weekend’s game is likely to be Granit Xhaka’s last game for the club, and Arteta was gushing about the player’s impact in recent seasons.
Xhaka is in advanced talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a £13m move this summer that would end his seven-year stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka is expected to return to Germany this summer.
The midfielder was set to join Hertha Berlin in January 2020 after the public fell out with fans and he was stripped of the captaincy, but Arteta convinced him to stay and holds him in high regard.
Arteta added: ‘Personally, for me, (it’s been) crucial. Very, very important at all levels and I think for the team and the club as well. In the great moments, like the season he had, and in the difficult ones.
There are four or five in that locker room that have been critical for those (young) players to grow, have the right support, inspire them and be at the right time to challenge them. You need it in a dressing room.