Arsenal youngsters have a different opinion of Mikel Arteta compared to the senior stars.
That is the revelation from Ian Wright, who has spoken to the kids at the club on numerous occasions.
The Gunners are going through a sticky period and Wednesday night proved to be no respite for the under-fire manager.
Theo Walcott fired Southampton ahead but the home side equalised through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off after two yellows which led to Arsenal hanging on in the second-half.
In the end, Arteta would have taken the point – mainly to deny a fifth home loss in a row, something that has never happened in the club's history.
And it comes amid a backdrop of reported problems in the dressing room with fallouts mooted with key players.
But Wright insisted that the youngsters at the club are fully behind Arteta and his methods, who took full responsibility for recent results in the press.
"He’s put that out there for the players to see. They have to react," Wright said on Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast.
"You know what that manager’s doing… he’s taking the bullets. It doesn’t come any clearer for me to see that.
"That’s the kind of thing of thing where players who want to bail out, they want to hear what Mourinho says, ‘rats [in the dressing room]’ so they can say, ‘f*** him, man’.
"But when you come out and do what Mikel does, when I speak to the young guys I always ask them, ‘how’s Mikel with you?’
"They always say, ‘he’s brilliant, he’s always good, he’s brilliant’.
"So what you’re hoping is that them seeing that move, it’s a seismic psychological move, he’s looking for a reaction from that dressing room and I’m delighted to see that.
"If I was in that dressing room, what he’s saying now, I’d like to think I wouldn’t be one of those players who’s put him in that position to make him feel he needs to say that."
Arsenal take on high-flying Everton next at Goodison Park, who have beaten Chelsea and Leicester in quick succession to go fifth in the Premier League.
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