Mikel Arteta’s problem with Arsenal identity laid bare in brutal analysis

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been warned that the Gunners have a serious problem on their hands at the moment because the club has no identity.

The Gunners are struggling at the moment, and are languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League table.

Their 1-1 draw against Southampton on Wednesday night was just their second draw of the season, and leaves them with 14 points from 13 league games.

Pressure is mounting on Arteta, who led the side to FA Cup glory just a matter of months ago.

But former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes the club currently has no identity, and that Arteta needs to nail down a philosophy and concrete style of play.

Phillips, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on West Brom v Aston Villa, explained that Arteta needs at least three transfer windows under his belt.

He said: “I'm just not sure at the moment what Arsenal's identity is. I don't know how they want to play.

“Until Mikel Arteta gets maybe three or four transfer windows under his belt – whether he's allowed to get that is another matter – I don't think they'll have a clear identity. I don't see what they're trying to achieve at the moment if I'm being completely honest.

“I do like Arteta though, and I like his philosophy. I was lucky enough to play against him and he was a great player.”

He went on to explain that he thinks Arteta will go on to be a success provided he is given time at The Emirates.

Phillips did, however, admit that he thinks it’s unacceptable for Arsenal to be in the position they’re currently in.

He continued: “When I look at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United I still expect to see Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout and I think it's the same for Arteta at Arsenal.

“I think he'll do a job there though if they give him the time.

“For me it's unacceptable for Arsenal to be sat in 15th place in the league midway through December; it's unheard of, so he's got a lot of work to do but I'd certainly back him to turn things around and would ask the board to give him the time.”

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