Arteta disagrees with Leno after Arsenal goalkeeper’s criticism of teammates

Mikel Arteta says that the buck stops with him after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno hit out at his own teammates for their recent form.

The Gunners go into this weekend down in 15th in the Premier League table, but they were at least able to stop the rot of recent defeats with a 1-1 draw against Southampton in midweek.

Prior to that game goalkeeper Leno had been scathing in his criticism of his colleagues, but refused to pin any of the blame at Arteta's door.

"We get red cards, make mistakes, are disorganised," the stopper told Sky Germany.

"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."

The Gunners would go on to have defender Gabriel sent off against the Saints to continue their disciplinary woes, but Arteta says he is at fault and not his players.

"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," he said ahead of Saturday's trip to Everton.

"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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