Morgan’s plea over sacking Lampard as Arsenal fan makes Arteta comparison

Avid Arsenal fan Piers Morgan has urged Chelsea to stick by Frank Lampard, believing that the under-fire boss and Mikel Arteta will become "world class".

Chelsea were thumped 3-1 by Manchester City on Sunday to pile the pressure on Lampard.

Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne fired City into a 3-0 lead in just 35 minutes, with Callum Hudson-Odoi bagging a late consolation for the hosts.

The west Londoners have now suffered four defeats in their last six league matches, with Lampard facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.

But Morgan, who supports Chelsea's arch rivals Arsenal, has warned Blues bosses not to axe the former England midfielder.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "If I were a Chelsea fan, I’d want this guy to keep his job.

"And if I were a Chelsea player, I’d listen to every word he says, because he’s absolutely right.

"Lampard and Arteta will both end up being world class managers, you can take that prediction to the Twitter screen-save bank."

Morgan took to social media following Chelsea's latest loss, with Lampard refusing to talk for his bosses over his long-term future.

Lampard admitted: "I'm not going to speak for people above me or the board, it's not for me to do that.

"It is what it is on those terms, I can only speak about it as I see it, as a manager and a club.

"When we had 16 games unbeaten I still saw those flaws in our game. When we've lost four games I still see those flaws now.

"And I can't think about what people say beyond, because I can't be distracted.

"I'm relaxed about peaks and troughs of form. I expected periods of difficulties this year, and I've spoken about that a lot already.

"I said it when we beat Leeds and people were championing us as title contenders.

"Whether it puts pressure on me or not, it doesn't matter. A month ago everyone was asking me whether I was going to sign a new contract, and now they will be saying different things.

"But over a busy period we've lost four games of football, so the pressure remains constant and you know it's there."

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