Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has come in defence of the club’s manager Mikel Arteta, stating that he is the least cause of the team’s poor performances.

Leno who spoke to the media shortly after Arsenal 1-1 against Southampton at the Emirates stadium last night, refused to blame the manager as the cause of the team’s poor run of form rather he says the players are to be blamed for their lacklustre performances in recent weeks.

The German international goalkeeper has this to say. “The coach is the least reason for us being in this situation. If you look at how we sometimes walked around on the pitch, then the only fault lies with the players. I have to say that honestly. We get red cards, make mistakes, are disorganised.”

These are things that we have clearly addressed a thousand times. In the end, that’s a lack of focus among the players. The coach is not an issue in the dressing room, & there is no criticism of him. We criticise ourselves & the players know they are responsible. There were just too many poor results & disappointing performances. The attitude is bad, there is a lack of discipline. Many factors are currently coming together. We have addressed this very clearly internally & everyone agrees that we have to change that very quickly.”

Arsenal has been in a woeful form in the Premier league match since beating Manchester United at the Old Trafford stadium last month, they have failed to secure a win in the league since then. However the 1 – 1 draw at the Emirates stadium last night ended a run of four consecutive lost at home.

Despite going one man down, the Gunners shown a promising spirit to fight till the final whistle to secure a point at the end. The team will be hoping to build on the result when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton at the weekend.