‘Let him work’ Dani Ceballos hits back at Mikel Arteta criticism following Crystal Palace hammering


Former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has hit back at criticism levelled at Mikel Arteta following the defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, urging fans to have patience with their Spanish coach.

The Gunners fell to a meek 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace and former legend Patrick Vieira, and in truth never looked in danger of turning the game into a contest despite having over 80% possession in the second half of their trip across the capital.

And this led to some questioning the methods of the manager, not least self-styled Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, who took to Twitter to lament the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window following Lacazette’s continued goal drought.

‘This is actually a moment when Arsenal fans need to accept Arteta made a massive season-wrecking mistake in giving away Aubameyang & relying on Lacazette to lead the line’, the disgraced Newspaper editor wrote. ‘I said it would come back to haunt us – and it is’.

Dani Ceballos, who spent 2 years on loan with Arsenal and won the FA Cup under Mikel Arteta, hit back at the former Presenter however.

‘, let him work, he is very top. He will also take Arsenal to where it deserves to be. Patience’, he told Morgan.

Arsenal still on for Top 4?

Arsenal have fallen out of the top 4 with this defeat, behind north London rivals Spurs on goal difference, but with a game in hand on Antonio Conte’s side. They still have to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the season is done, as well as trips to Stamford Bridge and the London Stadium, while they will welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium.

Top 4 is still very much in their hands, then, and if they can come through these games unscathed they will have one foot in a Champions League group for next season. They cannot afford too many repeats of Selhurst Park, however.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 30 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 29 35 59
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 15th 54
5 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
6 West Ham United 31 11 51
7 Manchester United 30 8 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 6 49
9 Leicester City 28 -4 37
10 Aston Villa 30 0 36
11 Southampton FC 30 -9 36
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -10 34
14 Brentford FC 31 -11 33
15th Newcastle United 30 -21 31
16 Leeds United 31 -33 30
17 Everton FC 28 -19 25
18 Watford FC 30 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 28 -18 21
20 Norwich City 30 -45 18
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 14
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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