Arsenal keeper Leno defends Mikel Arteta

Arsenal keeper Leno defends Mikel Arteta

Bernd Leno says Mikel Arteta is not to blame for Arsenal's precarious position in the Premier League. 

Arsenal have had a poor start in the Premier League and currently sit five points above the relegation zone in 15th place. This has led to many questioning whether Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal but Leno says the players must shoulder the responsibility for the team's dismal form. 

"The coach is the least to blame for the fact that we are in this situation. If you look at the way we were running around on the pitch at times, then the players are the only ones to blame," the goalkeeper told Sky Sports. 

"We're getting red cards, making mistakes, standing out of position. These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, it's a lack of focus on the part of the players.

"The coach is not an issue in the dressing room, there is no criticism of him. We criticize ourselves and the players know that they are responsible."

On discipline

Arsenal has seen three red cards already in the Premier League with Gabriel being the latest player to be sent off. Nicholas Pepe and Granit Xhaka have also been shown red cards in the recent matches. 

"The attitude is bad, the discipline is lacking and we have no self-confidence. There are many factors at play here," he added. "We have addressed this very clearly internally and everyone agrees that we have to change this very quickly."

The Gunners will travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday.

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