Arsenal latest: Playmaker admits confusion over lack of football under Wenger

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Arsenal fans are still unhappy following Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City, with the result leaving Arsenal with only four wins from 11 Premier League games - and it was worse because it followed on from the Gunners' spectacular collapse at the hands of Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Some fans are calling for manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked, and former Gunners midfielder Paul Merson says the Frenchman is too stubborn to change his ways.

"How can a club like Arsenal end up playing Nacho Monreal at centre half? It wouldn’t be allowed to happen at Chelsea," said Merson. "I think it’s just stubbornness. He’s trying to play like the Invincibles did but he doesn’t have a Patrick Vieira or Emmanuel Petit."

"If you put someone like Nemanja Matic in that team it’s a completely different team. But everybody knows how to play Arsenal now."

The Arsenal midfield has seen a number of different combinations already this season, but 34-year-old playmaker Tomas Rosicky has played just 20 minutes of Premier League action this season - and in an interview with Czech press, he said he's bemused as to why he's been left out so often.

"I’m not sure what’s going on," he told Denik.cz. "I understand that I am 34-years-old and that it probably plays a role whether I like it or not. That’s without a doubt. However, I’m not in physical decline."

"When I played for the national team against Holland I ran 12km and according to the tests at Arsenal I’m in the top five in terms of speed."

"We are on good terms, so I do not really know what it is. It is purely a coach’s decision. It’s not my decline. My health is fine too. Of course I want to play, but there’s not much I can do about it."

With the January transfer market fast approaching, speculation is gathering pace over potential moves for Arsenal, and reports today suggest that Tottenham's Romanian centre back Vlad Chiriches could make the move across North London having fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino.

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