Former Arsenal defender Lauren has insisted that Mikel Arteta should be respected by supporters for what he has achieved with the club so far.
The Spaniard has come under fire in recent weeks for a poor start to the 2021/22 season having lost to both Brentford and Chelsea – results that saw the Gunners concede four goals without finding the back of the net.
It leaves Arsenal in the relegation zone ahead of the weekend’s round of fixtures and it looks unlikely that their fortunes will improve with an upcoming clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Despite recognising that the Gunners are currently flattering to deceive under Arteta, Lauren has suggested that the Spaniard must be respected by the club for having brought silverware to the Emirates Stadium and has backed the ex-midfielder to improve the team’s fortunes sooner rather than later.
Talking to GamblingDeals.com, the Cameroonian said: He’s [Arteta] won the FA Cup and Community Shield and you must respect that. Winning the FA Cup and Community Shield against Liverpool and a Chelsea side that next year would win the European Cup.
“We have to be positive and think that the team is going to improve. We have to look forward and only concentrate on the upcoming games rather than individuals.
“We can’t only think of blaming Arteta or the defence, the midfield and other individuals. It’s the time to come together and think more in the long-term about what we can do to support the team, back the team in difficult moments. Yes, this is a difficult moment.
“There are many players in that dressing room and they need our support to start rising up the table. We don’t want to see Arsenal losing games, and the fact is we didn’t start the season well: but I believe the team will improve in the following games.
“So, we don’t need to concentrate on Arteta, or the centre-backs, midfielders or other individuals. We’re a whole team and we need to improve as a team.”