Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara thinks Arsenal made a mistake by appointing Mikel Arteta after the club’s current poor form.
Arsenal are now without a domestic win since a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on November 1 and sit 15th in the Premier League table heading into a Boxing Day London derby at home to Chelsea.
Games against Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle then follow and it will be crucial they pick up some points soon if they want to avoid getting dragged into a relegation fight.
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And O’Hara has questioned the “credentials” that Arteta offered when he took the job a year in December last year.
“How can we be talking about Arsenal going down?,” O’Hara told talkSPORT. “This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and they’re in a relegation battle.
“When I watch them and when I look at Arteta, I like him and I think he’s a fantastic coach but what credentials did he have to go in at Arsenal Football Club and all of a sudden be the man to take them forward?
“At the start you always get a manager bounce. You get results but now I’m looking at the players – and they’re killing him as well – but they’re responsible for getting results on the pitch from their performances and they look to the manager to give them the mentality and direction.
“I look at them but they’ve got nothing!”