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Roma and Sevilla have joined long-term admirers Atletico Madrid in keeping tabs on Lacazette, interest Arteta welcomes after the Frenchman's run of three goals in his last four Premier League games.Roma and Sevilla have joined long-term admirers Atletico Madrid in keeping tabs on Lacazette, interest Arteta welcomes.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly facing a backlash from his players over not taking responsibility for the Gunners' poor season and blaming them instead.
Senior squad members have reportedly began to voice their concerns over Arteta's tactical decisions and treatment of some players, according to.
The club's woes have come to the point where some senior players are questioning Arteta's methods, such as leaving out players following a poor result.
Such was the treatment of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was relegated to the bench for Arsenal's dismal 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first leg after playing badly in the Gunners' 3-0 Premier League loss to Liverpool.
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Aubameyang came on to assist for the Gunners' only goal, leading some players to reportedly question the wisdom of Arteta's decision.
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He came under fire for his tactics, team selection and leaving it too late to make attacking changes against Slavia, not introducing Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, who combined for Arsenal's goal, until the 78th minute.
Similarly, Arteta's use of midfielder Thomas Partey is reportedly a sore point, with some in the squad feeling the manager's tactics are not getting the best out of their £45million summer acquisition.
While accepting that they have not been playing well enough, members of the Arsenal squad are said to feel that Arteta is primarily shifting the blame onto them rather than taking more responsibility himself.
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THE NUMBERS GAME - JONATHAN SPENCER: Arsenal's talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has endured a rather fruitless campaign in front of goal compared to his usual superb standards. In his first full season at Arsenal (2018-19), Aubameyang finished joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with 22 goals alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.The season after he continued his rich vein of form, finishing the campaign with another 22 goals - just one behind Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
Arsenal are having a poor season under the Spaniard's leadership, with the club languishing in tenth place in the Premier League, some 12 points off the Champions League spots.
In fact European football of any sort next season may well be beyond them with the Gunners seven points off the Europa League positions ahead of their match against Sheffield United on Sunday.
After drawing 1-1 against Slavia in the Europa League, Arteta said European football was a 'minimum' requirement and reminded his stars of his and their 'responsibility' to secure a place in continental competition.
He also boldly stood by his decision to drop Aubameyang and insisted the Gabon striker would not become another Mesut Ozil.
Arteta: Players had 'right reason' to take a knee .
Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal players had the "right reason" to take a knee in front of their Slavia Prague opponents before the Europa League clash on Thursday.Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal players had the "right reason" to take a knee in front of their Slavia Prague opponents before the Europa League quarter-final second leg clash.