By Frank McAvennie

10th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Arteta told to 'stop being clever' and listen to Sir Alex to transform Arsenal form - pundit

Frank McAvennie has told Mikel Arteta to heed Sir Alex Ferguson’s words in a bid to secure more wins at Arsenal.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, questioned the Gunners boss’ team selection.

As reported by the Guardian, a video has emerged of Ferguson telling UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have started Ronaldo against Everton last weekend.

This season, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe have largely been used as substitutes by Arteta.

The duo only have four Premier League starts between them this season as the Gunners experience a mixed start to the campaign.

Arsenal are 11th in the table, winning three, losing three and drawing one of their opening seven games.

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McAvennie has told Arteta he has to start his best players to improve results.

“When you have two quality players on the bench, you have to play them,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I know it sounds obvious, it shouldn’t need saying. Sir Alex was saying that in the week.

“I would say that to Arteta, you have to play your best players. To give yourself the best chance, it makes sense.

“This is no time to be a great manager who’s trying too hard, stop being clever and outdo everyone else.

“Those lads love scoring goals, get them on the pitch. Get them fit, get them playing and let them do their job.”

Pepe remains Arsenal’s record signing, reportedly costing £72million from Lille.

Lacazette has scored 67 goals in 174 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Lyon in 2017.

In other news, Alexandre Lacazette tipped for Arsenal exit as news emerges from France.