Campbell backs Arteta over Maitland-Niles after newspaper's Arsenal bust-up reveal
Kevin Campbell insists the Arsenal squad must respect Mikel Arteta and do whatever he demands after his bust-up with Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The Gunners icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the manager’s ability was questioned.
On 31 August journalist Zach Lowry questioned Arteta’s man management as a rift developed between him and Maitland-Niles.
On 31 August, The Mirror claimed Maitland-Niles will train away from the first team for the foreseeable future.
This came after the player spoke out when a potential loan move to Everton broke down in the final days of the transfer window.
Campbell insists Arteta’s word has to be law at Arsenal.
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“One thing I won’t do is follow speculation,” Campbell told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.
“I will tell you this about football clubs, is that you have to worry about the players who aren’t playing.
“That’s where a lot of the dissent comes from and when you are winning, stuff like this never comes out of clubs.
“The fact of the matter is, there is a lot of flack flying. There is a lot of people talking and a window just closed.
“If you can knock over the beehive you get some movement. Of course Arteta is being questioned, he’s a manager who is learning on the job.
“He’s allowed to be questioned, he is the Arsenal manager. If he wants things done a certain way, you do that.
“It can be difficult because fans get involved. But he is the manager of the club, if he tells you to jump five metres, you jump five metres.
“If you don’t do it, he will find someone who will.”