Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing a backlash from his players for failing to take responsibility for the Gunners' bad season and instead blaming them.
According to The Sun, senior squad members have reportedly started voicing their concerns over Arteta's tactical decisions and the treatment of some players.
The club's problems have gotten to the point where some older players question Arteta's methods, Leaving players out after a bad result.
This was the treatment of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was relegated to the bench in the Europa League quarter-finals against Slavia Prague for Arsenal's sad 1-1 draw after losing the Gunners 3-0 in the Premier League had played poorly after Liverpool.
Aubameyang endorsed the Gunners' only goal, causing some players to question the wisdom of Arteta's decision.
He came under fire for his tactics, team selection and the fact that it was too late to go offensive against Slavia. Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, who teamed up for Arsenal's goal, weren't introduced until the 78th minute.
Arteta's use of midfielder Thomas Partey is also said to be a source of contention. Some on the roster believe the manager's tactics are not getting the most out of their £45m summer acquisition.
While Arsenal squad members accept that they haven't played well enough, they are supposed to feel that Arteta is putting the blame on them in the first place, rather than taking on more responsibility themselves.
Arsenal have had a bad season under the Spaniard's leadership. The club is in tenth place in the Premier League, a whopping 12 points behind the Champions League places.
Indeed, European football could go beyond them next season, seven points behind Europa League positions ahead of their game against Sheffield United on Sunday.
After the 1-1 draw with Slavia in the Europa League, Arteta said European football was a “minimum requirement” and reminded its stars of his and her “responsibility” to secure a place in continental competition.
He also stood by his decision to drop Aubameyang, insisting that the Gabonese striker would not become another Mesut Ozil.
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