Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has denied the rumours of in-fighting in recent weeks, insisting the squad are united to turn things around.
With the Gunners outside of the top-four, out of the FA Cup and having lost in the League Cup final, they look set to have one of their most disappointing seasons in recent years.
Reports emerged that Arsenal’s poor form led to problems within the camp, most notably with high-earners Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Shkodran Mustafi has also come under fire from his teammates for his performances.
Welbeck, however, denies the claims and says there’s still togetherness at the club. “I didn’t know about (the rumours) until you just said,” he told Sky Sports.
“There’s no split in the camp. The results haven’t been good enough, we should be doing a lot better. We know we play for Arsenal Football Club, the fans are hurting, everyone involved around the club is hurting.
“We feel the disappointment and that’s something that we want to put right. It’s been a difficult period but it’s something where going into the next match we want to make it a positive result for us.”
Arsenal’s form in 2018 has been atrocious. The Gunners have lost eight games this year already, suffering four consecutive defeats ahead of their Europa League last-16 clash with AC Milan.
They’re sixth in the Premier League table, 33 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and 13 shy of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Manager Arsene Wenger has an uncertain future, as do many of the players, but Welbeck says the team are determined to arrest the slide.
“We’re professional footballers and we know what we’ve done to get to this stage and how to keep on getting better and how we can improve on the negative results we’ve had recently.
“So we want to improve but you do go home and you look at yourself and say ‘how can I put things right?’ I think the minimum requirement is to stand and fight in every single area of the pitch. We know that our quality will shine through in the end.”
Arsenal will be hoping they can restore some confidence within the camp when they travel to the San Siro to face AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.