Former Arsenal defender William Gallas stated that Mikel Arteta does not have the required managerial experience to lead the Gunners back to the summit of English football.
Arsenal equaled their worst ever season since 1957 after losing four home league games in a row. While they maintained an 100 per cent record in the Europa League this campaign.
Arteta’s men find themselves five points clear of the relegation zone as they sit 15th without a win in their last six top flight matches.
Hence, the former Tottenham defender has tipped Patrick Vieira to replace Arteta as manager of the north London side.
Viera was recently sacked by French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice following the club’s abysmal outing this season but his former France team mate believes he remains the right man for the job.
Speaking to Ladbrokes, Gallas said: ‘What’s going on at Arsenal? It’s a question I think everybody has asked this season. I don’t know the answer.
“I think maybe the issue at the moment is that Mikel Arteta is not the right manager. For me he doesn’t have that experience to manage a big club.
“I was surprised when he came in, to be honest – even as Pep Guardiola’s assistant – you need experience as a manager to come in to a club like Arsenal. You need to know how to manage 25 players.
“All the pressure is on your shoulders and you make all the decisions. Some players will be upset that they aren’t playing and it’s something you need experience in dealing with.”
“If you’re managing a side and the players you’re starting don’t perform well, the players who are on the bench will be upset. After a few games the players who aren’t playing will end up being frustrated, and maybe those players don’t respect the manager anymore. Especially if that manager doesn’t have experience.
“If it was Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger, you will respect their decision because they’ve all done something in the past – but Arteta hasn’t.”
“If I was a player at Arsenal now, I think it all depends on whether you’re a young player or a more experienced name. The young players will respect Arteta, but the players who have more experience, maybe not.
“The players who aren’t getting into the team will be saying to themselves ‘OK, I’m on the bench, we haven’t been getting good results; what’s going on? Why am I not playing?’ It will start from there.”
The Frenchman added: “When they chose Mikel Arteta to come in and replace Unai Emery, in my mind Patrick Vieira was the name I thought they should have gone for. I don’t know how close he was or if he was in the running at all, but I was surprised they didn’t even mention his name.
“Patrick has more experience than Mikel, because he’s managed in America and he spent time at Nice.
“So when the Arsenal board decided to pick a new manager I thought Patrick would get the call. He was captain of Arsenal and he knows the club very well. Patrick was the right guy then.
“If they have to sack Mikel Arteta, they have to choose Patrick Vieira to replace him, and I’m sure all the fans would love it.”