Arteta reveals how he feels now that Lampard has taken his place as soon to be sacked manager

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Just a little over a month ago, Chelsea beat Leeds United and were top of the table, while Arsenal were facing a relegation battle.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was linked with getting a sack as rumours of an impending sack continued to fill the media. Arsenal would eventually beat Chelsea 3-1 and lead to an upturn in form, while Chelsea’s stock had dropped.

Lampard is now favoured by the bookmakers as the next Premier League manager to be sacked, while Arteta has seen his side go to two points behind Chelsea.

Arteta has chosen to be professional as he has said that he’s not happy with what the Chelsea manager is currently facing.

Asked by a reporter, if it makes him smile that Lampard is now going through what he experienced, Arteta replied: “No. When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.

“If anything, I would like to support them. ‘I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.

“We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”

Trying to clarify his question, the reporter then asked that he meant ‘smile’ because the media had moved onto a new target already.

Arteta responded: “No. I understand, but no.

“I just focus on what we have to do, what we are doing, what I am doing and try to get better every day.

“Obviously everything is going to be linked at the end, to results. It’s not about many other things so we need to be clear on that and we cannot take anything for granted because we know that the job is like that.”

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