'Players want out', 'they don't believe': Bold claim made about Arsenal after deadline day
Arsenal currently have a “lot of disgruntled players” who “don’t believe” in Mikel Arteta’s tactics and style, according to Optus Sport‘s Michael Bridges.
The Gunners have begun the Premier League season poorly, losing all three of their league games so far and not scoring once.
As a result, Arsenal sit bottom of the table, their worst start to a league campaign since 1955.
In terms of transfer business, the Gunners have had a fairly fruitful window, buying a host of talented players.
Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares are all 23 or under.
Also, Arsenal saved a reported £20.5million as Willian terminated his contract with the Gunners to join Corinthians.
The 24-year-old has since held clear-the-air talks with Mikel Arteta and will now stay and fight for a place in his side.
However, Bridges believes Arsenal is a “very unstable environment” right now.
“There are a lot of disgruntled players there now,” he said on Optus Sport.
“They are not happy with the tactics or the style, they don’t believe in it.
“I don’t think they’re buying into it anymore with Arteta.
“The fans are disgruntled it hasn’t been solved. It is a very unstable environment.
“They’ve tried to appease the fans with these signings they’ve made.
“But I don’t think it has helped, because the fans aren’t happy with the players they’ve signed.
“There’s a hell of a job to go.
“They’re sitting bottom of the league. It is toxic. Players want out.
“I really feel for Arteta and for the fans, the club is in decline.”