Arsenal Board Instructed On Mikel Arteta After Everton Defeat

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has stated his belief that transfer investment is needed next month if the Gunners are to steer clear of a relegation dogfight.

However, the 57-year-old also claimed that his former side will ultimately be too good to go down.

“I think they’ve come out and backed him – and rightly so, he’s a good coach – and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January,” Wright told DAZN.

“I think with the current players he’s got – I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course I’m not saying that – if you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in.

“And then you’re going to be under real pressure to get yourselves out of it, then people have to perform to a certain level to get yourselves out of it.

“Because other teams can smell that blood and they will go for you. It’s a very ruthless league,” he added.

Mikel Arteta's side enjoyed more possession than Everton but could only manage two shots on target during the match and failed to score from open play once again.

However, Wright aimed his criticism at the defence, urging those at the back to step up their performances in order to relieve the pressure on the club's attackers.

“What we saw, especially with the goals [conceded] tonight and the way they’re playing, not a lot of creation and even when they did there weren’t enough people in the box,” Wright continued.

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“What you want is, if you’re not scoring enough, you make sure you’re defending resolutely. You’ve got to be tighter on people.”

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