“The attitude is bad, there is a lack of discipline and a lack of self-confidence” – Leno gives a harsh judgment on Arsenal

The Gunners have only won one win in their last nine Premier League games and are in a disappointing 15th place in the table

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has issued a harsh judgment on the current state of his team, saying they lack discipline, attitude and self-confidence.

The Gunners drew 1-1 with Southampton on Wednesday, ending three straight Premier League losses.

But Arsenal still finished the game in 15th place and with just 14 points from their first 13 Premier League games of the season, their lowest record in this phase of a top season since 1974/75.

Discipline was an important issue under Mikel Arteta. Gabriel’s red card against the Saints has earned Arsenal seven reds since Arteta took command on Boxing Day 2019, four more than any other Premier League team at the time.

However, Leno has defended Arteta, stating that he and his teammates are responsible for the position they are currently in.

“The [pressure on Arteta] is not an issue at all. The coach is least to blame for our situation, “said Leno Heaven Germany.

“If you look at the way we used to run around on the field, it’s only the players to blame. I have to be honest.

“We get red cards, make mistakes, are out of position. These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, it’s a lack of focus on the part of the players.

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

“We actually have quality, but suddenly there was this pause. But nobody can assign it to just one person.”

With the Gunners having only one win in their last nine Premier League games (W1 D2 L6), Leno has stated that there are many reasons his club lost in shape.

“The attitude is bad, there is a lack of discipline and we have no self-confidence. Many factors play a role here,” added the German.

“We have addressed this very clearly internally and everyone agrees that we have to change this very quickly.”

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