Arsenal stars frustration with Mikel Arteta about Willian's care as the under-pressure boss is more scrutinized

Published:18 December 2020

Arsenal stars frustration with Mikel Arteta

A few Arsenal players are reportedly upset with Mikel Arteta about his 'different standards' about Willian's treatment.

After Arsenal was held at home by Southampton last night, the pressure is mounting on the Spaniard, extending their poor run to only one Premier League victory in nine.

As the evidence indicates that all is not well behind the scenes at the Emirates, things got even worse as Gabriel became the third player to be sent-off in their last five games.

Rumblings of frustration are coming out of the dressing room now The Athletic reports.

And one of the main concerns some of the star-studded squad have is how Arteta handles some individuals differently than others.

Their study notes that Willian is one example of this.

Last month, the Brazilian wenger joined Arsenal from Chelsea on a free trip last summer, took off against Leeds just days after an illegal trip to Dubai.

Some Gunners squad members felt that by punishing or fined, some other players might have been disciplined, and feel it was unfair that the 32-year-old was not reprimanded.

Willian shone on an opening day at Fulham on his debut, but since then he has failed to reach top form like the rest of the squad.

Meanwhile, even though he had declared himself fit entirely, his countryman David Luiz was still reportedly angry that he was left out to take on Manchester United as an injury precaution earlier in this campaign.

The Arsenal board also recognizes Arteta as the best man for the job.

That is despite them sitting just five points above the relegation zone.

They face a difficult trip this weekend to Everton before a League Cup clash with Manchester City.

Arsenal then face London rivals Chelsea on Boxing Day.