After a bizarre late substitution against Forest, Arsenal fans have a Mikel Arteta theory.

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Following the bizarre late substitution against Forest, Arsenal fans have a Mikel Arteta theory.

Mikel Arteta’s bizarre decision to bring Sead Kolasinac on in the final few minutes against Nottingham Forest was interpreted by Arsenal fans as a clear message.

Mikel Arteta made an unusual substitution in the dying minutes of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, sparking speculation that he was sending a message to the board.

With the Gunners trailing and in desperate need of a goal after Lewis Grabban’s 83rd-minute opener, Arteta looked to the bench for assistance.

Supporters, on the other hand, were astounded to see Sead Kolasinac, of all people, warming up on the sidelines.

The Bosnian defender was brought on as a stand-in for Cedric Soares, who gave Arsenal no new attacking impetus.

The decision went down like a lead balloon on social media, much to no one’s surprise, but some supporters have come up with an interesting theory to explain the madness.

They believe Arteta was attempting to persuade his superiors that the squad requires reinvestment, particularly with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of form and rumored to be on his way out.

After all, bringing on a defender when you’re short on firepower is a pretty good way of saying you’re short on firepower.

One fan commented, “I think the only way Arteta could have made the message any clearer to the board was if he literally held up a sign saying ‘I NEED SOME SIGNINGS.”

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“I believe the message is clear that we need people in this window.”

Another tweeted, “Kolasinac sub said it all.”

Another person wrote, “Kolasinac’s sub was a complete ‘this is all I have to work with’ message to the club.”

Whether or not that is a true window into Arteta’s soul remains to be seen, but the result should be proof enough that the Gunners require a two-man midfield.

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