Is Arteta anti-French?

Arteta was a youth player at Barcelona when PSG took him on loan and then offered him quite a good contract at the time. He refused to sign it and then went to Scotland before joining Everton and then Arsenal…His French stay gave him a good platform for a decent career afterwards…

Now – he has been at the club for 18 months and here is his performance with French players:

  • Saliba, out of the squad from the on-set and we re not sure he is ever gonna play for us;
  • Guendouzi, out of the squad quickly and then permanently;
  • Lacazette, initially out of the squad and then back in it regularly…

Is Arteta anti-French players? Or is it just that they are not good enough according to him…When I see that he sticks with Bellerin or Willian, I ask myself the question…


PS: Well done England to reach the final – well deserved. The perfect final with the two best teams of the tournament in it. It is going to be hard but England can do it. Saka with another good performance.


25 Responses to Is Arteta anti-French?

  1. MIchael says:

    Very good observation. I asked myself the same question!

  2. LBG says:

    Come on, RC! Your examples to make your case, are pretty weak.
    Lacazette has been selected at different times over Aubameyang, but in all honesty is not an out and out striker. His goal tally is acceptable, but he is appreciated more for his link up/ hold up with his back to goal, and his all round effort.
    The other two there are surely justifiable reservations about, and Mikel bought neither.
    Guendouzi soon proved everything his past history proved. Argumentative, arrogant, even a liability sometimes in Premier League football. When/if he grows up and uses his undoubted talent he may make a successful career. Suspect he will always be a wasted talent.
    Saliba is the enigma, but given lack of game time and injury in his first year, surely Mikel’s desire to “ask” for a very young player from a relatively weak league to prove himself before being thrown in the hot house of the Premier League, was reasonable. I think Saliba will prove to be a successful Gunner, but only if he has the desire and commitment to prove himself.

  3. fred1266 says:

    I think arteta just have no patience and he adapting the city mould of buying instead of grooming

    Willock – had a successful loan spell but was never given a proper looking

    Pepe – was over looked for willian most of the season

    AMN – another over looked although had a great season before

    I think the manager job comes with so much pressure that he cannot even allow players who he isn’t sure able to give them a chance

  4. LBG says:

    Arteta’s playing experience with French players included Sagna, Clichy, Nasri, Coquelin, Diaby, and with Everton Saha and Distin. Players with heart, talent and discipline.

  5. Johannes says:

    Is your head oval or round?

    I’m not really interested in it. Like i’m not interested in questions like is Arteta anti-French.

    Sure. Nowadays Arteta seem to be almost anything toxic for some people who are not real Arsenal fans.

  6. Rajbinder Dhami says:

    Mr arrest if you are anti French if it’s true you shouldn’t be arsenal manager so please resign or let William saliba chance to play and show that you are wrong he will be a success for arsenal or are you worried you and everyone at arsenal are wrong as a fan I’m angry u didn’t even give him a chance there are lots of fans like me upset

  7. Pete the Thirst says:

    I’ve heard Mik is partial to a Croque Monsieur

  8. LBG says:

    Undoubtedly one of the best things out of France.

  9. GoonerB says:

    I don’t think there’s any bias RC, just coincidence. Like LBG I think he would want Saliba just to be a bit more seasoned first.

    I think Saliba could be great but it all depends on how he has decided to take Artetas handling of him. If he accepts the need and remains determined to prove himself he will be a great asset but if he has decided to feel put out by his treatment and sulk he is already a busted flush.

    We have always had at least 1 disruptive or questionable attitude disrupting the team for years and I think Arteta wants to rid the team of that. This makes the Douzi handling perfectly understandable.

    Despite the promising talent we cannot move forwards with this type of player anymore. No more special accommodation. It remains to be seen what attitude Saliba has towards the club.

    Laca has been a good player for us but has just entered that phase with 1 year left where the tough decision needs to be made. With Balogun and Martinelli earmarked as the future it feels as if a parting of the ways is on the cards but I think this will be a pragmatic decision rather than one if bias.

  10. RC78 says:

    For those that do not know me on this forum – I am French and was being a little bit Tongue and Cheek with my title, just to stimulate the discussions and trigger provocative answers :-p

    I kind of agree that his position regarding Guendouzi and Saliba is rather circumstancial rather than stemming from an anti-French sentiment.

    Once upon time, our French contingent included:
    Petit, Vieira, Garde, Grimaldi, Anelka, Pires, Henry, Wiltord and since then we also had…

    – Sagna, Gallas, Nasri, Diaby, Aliadiere and
    – Cygan, Squilacci, Silvestre
    – Debuchy, Guendouzi, Lacazette
    – Saliba

    Seems we were better at spotting French talent earlier on 😛

  11. LBG says:

    No RC, Wenger’s knowledge gave him the opportunity to spot and buy young , ” unproven” ( at very least in Premier League) talent, which he then moulded into one of the greatest teams of all time. After 2008/9 everybody else had caught up and more significantly big, unmatchable money had arrived at Clubs like Chelski, Manshitty, and your own second/first Club, PSG, let alone the already established Manure, Bayern, and Liverpool. This also coincided with a new batch of quality ( but ridiculously expensive) French players. Arsenal and Arsene couldn’t/ wouldn’t compete financially, and so such rubbish as Cygan, Silvestre and Squili’vegotanitchi were gambled poorly, on.
    At least you entertained other readers with your post, even if it was daft.

  12. LBG says:

    Medley says he would love to resign for Arsenal at some point in the future. Good lad, but we will probably have to pay through the nose to get you back.!!🤬

  13. LBG says:

    Good on you Mark Cavendish. Now go and get Eddie M’s record outright, and perhaps you will get the credit you have always missed.

  14. LBG says:

    And the Arse have put a buy back clause in to the Oostend sale. Hooray!

  15. JM says:

    No.20 Nuno Tavares (Portugal, LB/LM/RB, Age:21, 1.84m).

    As a neutral football fan,

    2021 Copa América Final:
    My head says Brazil; My heart says Argentina.

    Euro 2020 Final:
    My head says Italy; My heart says England.

  16. LBG says:

    Frank Stapleton 65 today. All heart and commitment. One of our many Irish gems.

  17. JM says:

    Argentina wins the 2021 Copa América, 1-0 vs Brazil, courtesy of a 22nd minute lob goal from Ángel Di María. Lionel Messi finally wins an international title with his senior national team.

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  20. fred1266 says:

    Emi picking up best keeper award

  21. RC78 says:

    Emiliano Martinez…how could we let him go is still a mystery? He is not even much older than Leno…He is a key reason why Argentina won the Copa America…

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