Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard has spoken out about Arsenal’s plight and admitted that the players need to do more and show they have character – and he doesn’t think that they are able to do that.
He also noted that Arsene Wenger is someone who is a respected manager, but at this point things only seem to be getting worse and worse, and eventually the club will have to take action.
Arsenal fans are furious as per usual, and it seems the players are no longer playing for their manager and the tie in the Europa League against AC Milan may well see them lose heavily given the upturn in fortunes of the Serie A side.
Lampard wrote in Standard Sport: “If Arsenal are going to turn the corner, it is going to take big characters — and Petr is one of those. You can’t question his quality because he has shown it time and time again.
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Now Arsenal face a resurgent AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday and that will make it so much harder.
Gennaro Gattuso has turned results around since taking charge in November. They spent a lot of money in the summer and are now getting the results. Unlike Arsenal, they’re on an upward curve.”
Lampard also had some sympathy for manager Arsene Wenger – though made it clear it was indeed time for him to go.
He added: “I have a lot of time and respect for Arsene Wenger. I admired the way he changed English football with his innovative ways and the attacking freedom with which the great teams he put together in the early years played.
But you have to question where things are going. We are at a stage now where it’s terribly bad.
It is a tough time for him and I do feel sympathy because he’s a dignified man, but it is not acceptable for Arsenal to be falling so short of the top four, to be possibly out of the Champions League for the second year running, to be losing so many games.”
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