Arsenal should sack Mikel Arteta and go all out for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, believes Stan Collymore.
The sports broadcaster and former Liverpool forward claimed The Gunners have no chance of challenging for the top five with Arteta at the helm in his Daily Mirror column.
“Mikel Arteta isn’t the man to sort out Arsenal – they need a spiteful, nasty winner to take over at a club that’s too nice for its own good,” wrote Collymore
“Simeone could be the benign dictator that Arsene Wenger was. He could be in charge of recruitment – instead of the current muddled mess – and get them back near the top.
“At the moment, it’s all so damn ‘nice’ – It’s the biggest insult I can throw at them. It suits them to a tee.”
The Gunners were comfortably beaten 2-0 by fierce rivals Chelsea as a debut goal from Romelu Lukaku and a striker from Reece James sealed the win in what was a dominant display at the Emirates Stadium.
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Lukaku, who was making his second debut for the side after re-signing from Inter Milan for £98million, was a particular thorn in Arteta’s side.
The Belgian completely overpowered, outmuscled, and outfought the Gunners defence and midfield, scoring once and playing a key role in Reece James’ goal.
It was the kind of defensive display Simeone himself would not have stood for.
“The players need a stick. Not a juicy carrot,” Collymore bluntly said.
“They need to develop backbone, character, and a winning mentality. It’s been lost. And it’s been lost for a long time.
“If they appointed Simeone tomorrow, everybody in the game would say: “Watch Arsenal go now.
“They Gunners would have 60,000 people behind them in the stadium, they’d be playing to a plan, with a nasty streak and showing some bottle.”
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