Chris Sutton questioned Mikel Arteta’s comments after claiming Arsenal’s sticky form was “the best of his professional career”.
Arteta’s men had started the season with three straight losses, but they secured a draw victory this weekend against Norwich.
That narrow victory was enough to lift Arsenal off the table and take some of the pressure off Arteta.
Arteta has been in the spotlight with a number of sources claiming the Gunners’ hierarchy is looking to replace him.
TBEN understands that Graham Potter and Thomas Frank are highly regarded in the Emirates. And last week our source suggested the couple were emerging as a strong candidate to replace Arteta.
Brendan Rodgers, Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte have also been mentioned as contenders for the role.
But Arteta managed to lift some of the gloom with the recent 1-0 victory and he says the tough period has been instructive.
“After three losses things are getting more complicated,” said Arteta. “I have to say these are the best 10 or 14 days of my professional career.
“Not the simplest, but the best. You learn a lot in difficult times, who you are with.
Former Norwich and Blackburn striker Sutton had none of it, however, and called the speech bizarre.
“To be sort of cynical is just hogwash,” Sutton told the Monday Night Club on TBEN Radio 5 Live. “How could he have had the best 10 days, come on.
“The 10 best days? Better than winning the FA Cup? I just found these reviews, well I didn’t believe it. I don’t think I’m the only one, how is that possible?
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Meanwhile, Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has questioned the intensity of Arsenal’s training following Loanee Reiss Nelson’s injury following his arrival.
The 21-year-old moved to the Netherlands on loan in the summer transfer window in hopes of more playing time. While Arsenal haven’t signed a striker in their transfer overhaul, they do have a range of options.
However, his transfer to Eredivisie has not gone as planned so far. The winger is yet to play after suffering an injury more or less right after his move.
According to Slot, the player did not respond well to the different intensities their players are training at.
“Nelson had been in almost every training session at Arsenal, but he sees training here as a little more intense,” the manager told Daily Mirror at a press conference.
“He suffered an overuse injury so he’s not here. It remains to be seen if he will arrive at PSV. At least not as a first player.
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