Arsenal players have ‘switched off’ from Mikel Arteta claims Darren Bent, who would ‘love’ Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers as new Gunners manager December 15, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Former England striker and Arsenal fan Darren Bent wants Brendan Rodgers to replace Mikel Arteta as Gunners boss.

Despite winning an FA Cup in his first season as a manager, the Spaniard’s job is at risk with the north London club 15th in the Premier League table after 12 games.

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Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Arteta and Arsenal at the moment

In stark contrast, Rodgers has his Leicester side in third place and just one point behind league leaders Tottenham.

Former Spurs star Bent believes Arsenal players have stopped listening to Arteta’s instructions, while admitting his beloved club could end up fighting relegation having lost four of their last five league games.

He told talkSPORT: “I know it’s never going to happen because they just don’t do business that way, [but] I’d love for them [the Arsenal board] to go in January, ‘what do you need? Here’s the money, go and buy the players’.

“But right now, it looks like these players have switched off from listening to his ideas.

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“I like him as a coach – I think he’s a very, very good coach – but if the players have switched off and are no longer listening to the ideas, it’s going to go from bad to even worse and we might end up being in a relegation battle.
“However good the coach is, if they’re not buying into his ideas then what happens next?

“You can’t just keep having the manager there for the sake of, ‘he’s a good manager’, but the players aren’t listening to him anymore.”

Asked who he would like to replace Arteta, Bent replied: “Off the top of my head, I don’t think he’d leave where he’s at now, but I love Brendan Rodgers.

“As a coach, he always seems to improve squads. Look at what he’s done with this Leicester team – they’re playing fantastic football. He’d be a very good addition.

Bent thinks Rodgers would be a good fit at the Emirates

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Bent thinks Rodgers would be a good fit at the Emirates

“Whether he’d leave Leicester now, I don’t think so, but he’s one I’d love to have in the building.

“As I said, I like Arteta and I think he’s a very good manager.

“But if the players have switched off and they’re no longer listening to his ideas and don’t believe in what he’s saying, then you can’t get rid of the players, so something’s got to change.”

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