Bacary Sagna has identified two Arsenal players who must step up to assist Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal fans should give Mikel Arteta time to turn the club’s fortunes around, according to Bacary Sagna.
Former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has asked Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to assist Mikel Arteta and the Gunners’ young players as the team faces a difficult start to the season.
The North Londoners have failed to score in each of their opening three Premier League outings. With a goal differential of minus nine, they are bottom of the division after 2-0 losses to Brentford and Chelsea, as well as a 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City.
Some relief came in the form of a 6-0 EFL Cup hammering of West Brom, in which Aubameyang scored a hat-trick. However, Arteta’s shoulders were put under even more strain after the setback at Man City.
Lacazette also scored against the Baggies, but neither player has scored in the league this season.
On April 11, the Frenchman scored his last league goal in a 4-0 triumph over Sheffield United. On May 2, Aubameyang made his debut against Newcastle.
Both players are among Arteta’s most experienced, especially after the Spaniard’s summer business mostly centred towards lowering the squad’s average age.
For a total of £150 million, Arteta has recruited Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga (both 21), Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu (22), Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale (both 23).
Previously a right-back Aubameyang and Lacazette have been admonished by Sagna that they must better guide the young players.
“Right now, the most important thing to do is to bring back the positives that the club had for many years since everyone is so negative,” said the 38-year-old, who made 284 appearances for the team.
“I was pessimistic because when you see other teams sign big players, you want to see the same thing happen at your club.
“However, we must have faith in the young guys. We must have faith in the older players, such as Aubameyang and Lacazette, who can truly contribute to the team.
“They need to spend a lot of time talking to the young players because, in terms of experience, I’m not convinced they have what they need to handle with the pressure that the squad is facing right now.
“There is still a lot of work to be done. The international break, I believe, came at the perfect time for them to get.”Brinkwire Summary News.”