Mikel Arteta may not know if his players will play in Europe next season but he maintains that he has confidence in the way the club is preparing for the summer whatever the outcome of the FA Cup final with Chelsea.

Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa killed off our chances of qualifying for the Europa League with a seventh-place finish in the Premier League and means the club hierarchy will have to wait until 1 August for a clearer picture of our financial situation as we look ahead to a potential squad rebuild.

The uncertainty makes it a tense time for everyone associated with the club but Arteta is trying to keep cool about it. Since he took over as head coach, he’s readily preached the importance of patience and hard work.

Facing the media ahead of Sunday’s final league game of the season against Watford, Arteta was asked how the club was preparing for the summer with the FA Cup looming large, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation unresolved and a clear and obvious need to recruit players in key positions on a tight budget.

“Just look at the amount of unpredictable things you are mentioning there,” he said.

“That’s what I said after the Liverpool game. I have to say that I am very confident with the way that the owners and the board are approaching this crucial time for us.

“We know that we don’t have any margin for error, everything has to be so planned and with a great process to put the team into the next level very quickly.

“Once we know a little bit more and we have more information about where we are, it will be easier to make those decisions.”

While Arteta’s unerring belief in his project is a soothing balm for supporters, he maintains it’s not blind optimism. Well versed in the club’s history and prestige having captained it during his playing days, he also understands why supporters are teetering on the edge of frustration at the end of a trying season.

“Listen, when I came here, I knew the challenge,” he reiterated. “To come in the middle of the season with all the issues that were happening and once you’re inside you can dig even deeper and realise and start to understand why things happen and it’s the consequences of many little aspects.

“I am so convinced that we are going to do it right. We need a little bit of time.

“The fans, when they get nervous, it’s normal. For me, it’s not that they get nervous, it’s frustration.

“This club and its history…it’s there. People are relating this bunch [of players] with [past] success, with joy, with emotion, with trophies. We cannot change that and we must not try to change that.

“One, it makes us [a] big [club]. We must only think like that, it’s the only way to think about this club and the future of it.

“If we’re all in the same place like that, we will make it. But we have to do it and then transmit it to the players, to every member of staff and then to the public and the fans. If we do that and we are together with that mindset, we will do it.”

In fact, the boss is more than happy to embrace the weight of history.

“Absolutely, the situation is what it is,” he said. “Let’s take it, let’s embrace it, let’s do something, let’s analyse why things happened and the things that are not working have to get changed.

“If not, we’re gonna get back to the same spot in six months or a year or two years. We have to be so determined and clear in our process in order to do that in the best possible way.

“And then, this beautiful games is the most unpredictable in the world. You can do everything right and everything wrong and it can still work in both directions. From our side, we have the responsibility to do it really well, at least as well as we all know [from the past].”

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Says all the right things. Results dont match the words one-for-one. I’m willing to back him for a season. At most.

Arthur Varghese

We need to give him atleast 2 to 3 years


Which world do you live in where everything works as it should immediately, forget even the fact that you are dealing with so many individuals as just let of zillions other variables?

Hail Gus!

Look back at Klipperty’s journey at Liverpool


He’s not going to say the opposite is he. Arteta markets himself very well, but the stats do not add up in his favour yet. Without upgrading the central defence, central midfield and creativity he cant improve us, he said so himself. Significantly better players are needed in the positions I mentioned, not just average Joe’s. Look how well Man U improved after signing Fernandes, he cost north of 50 million. That’ll probably see them get 4th, but even they will need to spend more than 100 million this summer to get any further. Chelsea have already bough Ziyech and… Read more »


I think the stats do add up in his favor
Emery won 4 EPL games before been sacked this season Arteta 9 with the same squad give him time

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

We were 10th of the league then and 10th of the league now.

Pete Strong

So why did the club sign up more average players – Mari, Luiz, Soares, and god forbid Mustafi is offered a new deal.

Arthur Varghese

Mustafi & Luiz together have cost us 10-12 points

Arthur Varghese

As a team we’re better, but lack creativity when playing teams with 10man defences …


Hope his plans come off even better than his communication skills. He sure know how to put the club’s problems nicely in words. He should be backed by the club to bring his plans to fruition.


Arteta you’re a smooth talker. We’re sold with the things you say.

We just want a more ruthless approach in the transfer market. We can’t afford anymore mediocre players.

Sell the dross. Buy players that fit into your ‘vision’ and work on your in-game management.

We all wish you well and will support the team completely come Aug 1st.

Arthur Varghese

It’s time to walk the talk.
We’ve seen how team play has improved but some of the crabs are pulling down the good work done.
Unload the baggages. Get players who can not only play but fit into the team.
Let’s compete for prizes, else we’ll be a mid table team.


Good call from the manager. It will take time. Those people who are expecting us to start winning every week by four or five and spraying it about like 1970’s Holland are in for a rude awakening – it ain’t gonna happen. Yet….