Ian Wright hits out at Arsenal’s "toxic" fanbase over Mikel Arteta criticism

Ian Wright has sent a strongly-worded message to Arsenal fans calling for them to back Mikel Arteta amid "toxic" criticism of the Gunners boss.

Arteta led Arsenal to FA Cup glory last season just eight months after he replaced Unai Emery in the Emirates hot seat.

But the Spaniard finds himself in the spotlight due to his side's mixed start to the current campaign.

The Gunners sit 12th in the Premier League, slipping to a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa and a 0-0 draw at Leeds in their most-recent outings.

In the latter, Arsenal played almost the entire second half with 10 men after Nicolas Pepe's sending off, while Leeds went close to grabbing all three points.

And with just one win and one goal scored in the last five league games, Arsenal's style of play under Arteta has come under particular scrutiny from some of the club's fans.

In response, Gunners legend Wright has urged supporters not to be "so toxic" and to give their manager the time he needs to return his side to winning ways.

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"The Arsenal fanbase at the moment need to just be a little bit more patient and remember what he is trying to turn around," Wright told his Wrighty’s House podcast .

"Something’s happening defensively and yes, Leeds could’ve beat us, but they didn’t. That’s a game we could’ve crumbled in a few years ago easily.

"He’s working on defence, trying to get something going in the midfield to then help the forwards.

"It’s not going to happen overnight.

"We can’t be this feast and famine club, with our fanbase being so toxic some of the times. It’s horrible, it’s uncomfortable to listen to some of the stuff."

Arsenal return to action on Thursday evening as they travel to Molde in the Europa League.

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