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ON BLAST

In the wake of Bernd Leno’s comments putting fellow Arsenal players on blast, manager Mikel Arteta has also taken responsibility for the poor form.

Leno told Sky Germany: “We get red cards, make mistakes, are disorganised.

“These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, that’s a lack of focus among the players.

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

And when asked on Leno’s comments in his latest press conference, Arteta said: “I take full responsibility because at the end of the day I pick the players that have to be on the pitch and I have to able to try and transmit to them and get themselves in a state of mind that they can control themselves.

“Unfortunately in football everything can go so quick and emotions take a big part.

“But I want the players to play with that freedom and take the pressure off them in this moment because it is really needed.

“That, in my opinion, is when you get the best out of them.”

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