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Joe Cole explains why Mikel Arteta shouldn't be blamed for Arsenal's mess

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Former Premier League star Joe Cole spoke about Mikel Arteta on BT Sport after their live coverage of Arsenal vs West Brom last night.

The Gunners’ hopes of securing European football next season are hanging by a thread. We blew our biggest chance of returning to the Champions League by losing to Villarreal, and that has put Arteta under a lot of pressure.

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Some fans are already calling for the Spaniard’s head. A few supporters feel that Arteta is to blame for the mess Arsenal are currently in, but Cole believes that the Gunners boss is not fully at fault for what has happened this term.

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He said: “I feel for Mikel in the sense that he joined a sinking ship, in my opinion. The club had been on a steady decline, I think he’s a talented coach.

“It’s a massive job to take as your first job, Arsenal Football Club, but then you’ve also got to look at Edu bringing the players in. Whoever is bringing the players through the door, whoever it may be.

“Mikel needs to take some responsibility and I hope he’s doing that privately when he’s doing his appraisal, but this is where they’re at now, Arsenal, and the fans need to understand that.”

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The Insider’s View:

Are Arsenal in decline? Yes. Are Arsenal a sinking ship? No!

There are a lot of problems at the Emirates at the moment – both on and off the pitch. However, we are nowhere close to being a sinking ship just yet, even if we miss out on Europa League football for next season.

The one thing Cole is right about is that Arteta is not fully to blame. Yes, he has made his fair share of mistakes, but the problems at Arsenal run a lot deeper than the manager, and things will not change until there is a massive overhaul from top to bottom.

However, it is Arteta who will be judged at the end of the day. He will be sacked if things don’t improve in the coming weeks and months, but if the Kroenkes continue to lead the club like they have done over the years, no manager will be able to save us.

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