Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger gives brutally honest view of Mikel Arteta’s squad

Arteta praises fans after Arsenal win

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Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had his say on the club’s difficult start to the new season, admitting ‘it’s a sensitive subject.’ The Gunners lost their opening three matches of the campaign but claimed their first points on Saturday as they battled to a 1-0 victory over Norwich City.

Wenger took the helm in north London in 1996 and led the side to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies before leaving the club three years ago.

The Frenchman is regarded as the finest manager in Arsenal’s history and catapulted the club into the Premier League’s elite during the early part of his reign.

Wenger built a mouthwatering squad at the turn of the century and made history with the 2003/04 Invincibles, as his side went the entire Premier League season without losing a game.

He also led the club to Champions League qualification for 19 consecutive seasons, reaching the final of the competition in 2006.

“When I talk about Arsenal it’s a sensitive subject and at the moment the timing is maybe not the best to talk,” Wenger said.

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“Honestly I like to usually say what I think. I believe in this situation – I’m an Arsenal fan.

“I must say I find the squad full of quality. I’m not pessimistic because I feel they had two difficult games out of the first three – Chelsea on a high at home and of course after they go to Manchester City.

“Of course, you go to Man City and you can say it’s predictable that you could drop points.

“The bad result we made was in the first game against Brentford. After that it puts you straight away on the back foot.

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“I wish them to recover and I think they will. The potential is there so I hope they come back.”

Arsenal have been in freefall since Wenger’s exit. Successor Unai Emery led the club to a fifth-placed finish in his first season in charge but was sacked after a poor run of form.

Current boss Mikel Arteta led his side to FA Cup success the season before last but has only managed two eighth-placed league finishes.

And he appeared to be staring over the precipice after a shocking start to this campaign.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to Premier League new-boys Brentford on the opening night of the season before going down by the same scoreline to Chelsea.

And they were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City before the international break to leave them bottom of the table.

Arsenal have at least claimed that elusive first win courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike on Saturday.

But there is still huge pressure on Arteta to inspire his side to an improved run of form in the coming weeks to ensure this campaign isn’t another one to forget.

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