Talksport pundit and former England midfielder, Trevor Sinclair, has slammed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his use of the likes of Mateo Guendouzi, Joe Willock, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Sinclair was giving his thoughts on the situation at Arsenal yesterday, speaking to Talksport in doing so.
The Gunners boss is coming under increasing pressure of late and once again saw his Arsenal team labour to a 1-1 draw in midweek, this time against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
And Sinclair believes Arteta has got a lot to answer for in terms of his treatment of certain players, such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.
“When you look at who they’ve let go. I’m talking about Maitland-Niles, Willock, Mateo Guendouzi. These are players who I think could play a part for Arsenal,” Sinclair said.
“And when you look at the team Arsenal are putting out and who they’ve let go, I don’t think that’s getting the best from your players. And a huge call, and I thought this last season when he was playing, I think Emi Martinez is better than Bernd Leno.”
Martinez, in particular, is the strangest call from the Arsenal boss. He cashed in to the tune of around £17m when selling him in the summer but has since struggled in the goalkeeping department, even though Leno has done ok in certain games.
Arsenal fans, then, may well echo the thoughts of Sinclair here.
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Sinclair makes a good point about the potential these players have but some were also given chances and never really took them under Arteta.
Maitland-Niles couldn’t hold down a position, while Joe Willock had a few chances and never shone. On the flip side, Guendouzi was doing ok but had a disciplinary issue, while Martinez wanted first-team football that Arteta wasn’t prepared to offer.
Ultimately, the Arsenal boss lives and dies by these sorts of decisions so time will tell if he has got them right in the long-term.