By Kevin Campbell

7th Sep, 2022 | 11:33am

Arsenal idol responds after Mikel Arteta decision slammed by Gary Neville

Kevin Campbell has slammed suggestions Mikel Arteta’s substitutions are to blame for Arsenal losing to Man United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gunners and Everton striker backed Arteta’s decision to go all out attack for the final quarter of the game at Old Trafford.

Fabio Vieira, Emil Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah replaced Albert Sambi Lokonga, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard shortly after United restored their lead in the 66th-minute.

The Gunners conceded a third goal two minutes after the substitutions.

Speaking on Sky Sports (4 September), Gary Neville and Paul Merson pointed the finger at Arteta’s substitutions.

When asked by Football Insider if Arteta was to blame, Campbell said: “People are talking about the substitutions upsetting the balance of the team.

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“The issue Mikel Arteta had was that we were losing. We were losing the game.

“It took a while to equalise. United caught us on the break and we were back to square one. As a manager, what do you do?

“Smith Rowe has not played enough minutes and neither has Vieira. Smith Rowe can nick a goal and create something and so can Vieira. We had to try and nick a goal.

“I do not understand fans saying it upset the balance of the team. The balance was upset because we were losing.

“We had to take chances. You have to bring weapons on to do something.

“Arteta tried it, it didn’t work out and we lost 3-1. It was not a 3-1 game though. There was enough chances to win the game. United were just more clinical in the final third.”

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