Mikel Arteta believes he still has the full backing of everyone inside the club and insists he’s seen nothing to suggest otherwise.
Despite his side embarking on a calamitous six-game winless streak, the Spaniard has had public backing in recent weeks from CEO Vinai Venkatesham, technical director Edu and a host of players.
Obviously, he has to turn things around quickly to retain their faith – he’s not blind to that – but the boss also maintains that the club was well aware that life under him wasn’t going to be all plain sailing given the job he inherited and the conditions he’s been working in.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, Arteta was quizzed on whether he’ll get the time he needs to fix Arsenal. He replied: “I said it from the start that I felt really supported by the owners, by the board, by the technical director and then by everybody that is at the club.
“At the end of the day, it’s the feeling that I have with the staff, with the coaching, with the players – the most important one.
“It’s about what chemistry you have with them, what understanding they have. Do they follow you? Do they believe in what you are trying to do? I always have to say thank you, because I haven’t seen anything that goes against what we are trying to do. It’s like anything.
“This industry needs results. After a big shakeup, we need to find the stability. In order to do that, we need time. We all knew – at least the people who made the decision with me to start this new project – that it wouldn’t be a quick fix and it was going to take time. When you are shaking things up, things can take a while.”
Asked whether being the manager of Arsenal is more difficult than he expected, he went on: “I know, and I realise, how difficult the job is in normal conditions when you get to a club that goes through what we have had to go through in a year, and on top of that we have a pandemic that is affecting the whole industry.
“The way that you can even live your profession and then do what you want to do normally is even more challenging. But this is what we have.
“At the same time, I am telling you I love what I do, I feel so lucky and privileged to represent this football club and the circumstances and context that is in this moment are where they are, and we have to face them because there is no other choice.”