As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Arsenal hero Walcott: Arteta doesn't trust certain players

Former Arsenal star Theo Walcott has suggested the manager does not trust his squad players.

That is how Walcott interprets many of the selection decisions that Mikel Arteta makes.

Many Gunners supporters believe that Arteta does not rotate his team enough.

Speaking after their 1-0 loss to FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, Walcott told BBC Radio Five Live: “I remember being in this certain position before and being subbed as a forward player.

“[Gabriel] Martinelli, for instance, could be tired, he's worked a lot, he's worked really hard, tracking his full-back quite a lot tonight. Of course, lazy pass, loses the ball [for Porto's goal], but then I've just got to question this squad depth of Arsenal at the start of the game – does Mikel trust the players?

“He only brought on one sub tonight and I just feel it could've been a game where we completely just shut up shop, maybe just slow it down even slower than it was and take off certain players, obviously [Bukayo] Saka wasn't as effective tonight.

“It'll be completely different at the Emirates, I'm sure, but as a coach would you feel you'd want to make more subs knowing that the game is stagnating?"

Video of the day:

About the author

Ansser Sadiq

×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free