Hector Bellerin has thrown his support behind Mikel Arteta by insisting his compatriot has Arsenal on the right path.
Against a backdrop of stuttering league form, the manager recently acknowledged that his managerial honeymoon period is over but pleaded for continued patience from supporters as he continues to reshape the playing squad in his own image.
Having witnessed Arteta’s work at close quarters, Bellerin has no doubts that the Gunners have the right man at the helm and that the team will get back to winning ways after a tough November.
“When Mikel came we knew a change was needed in terms of not just the way we play but the culture and identity,” he told the BBC’s Football Focus ahead of Sunday’s game with Sp*rs.
“On and off the pitch, that is something you don’t achieve in one day or one week. It is important to keep going because, even though results are not coming, we are doing so many things much better. I really, really believe the results will come.
“The way he [Arteta] turned it around after the lockdown, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield, showed the capacity he had as a manager.
“When you want to change the whole culture of the club for the better, that is something that takes time. But I truly believe we are on the right path; we are all fully on board.”
In a separate interview with beIN SPORTS, Bellerin was asked about the criticism that has been directed towards Arteta in recent weeks.
“So unjust. So unjust,” the full-back said. “We have to, as players, take responsibility for this because I think we all know that Mikel and his coaching team give us all the tools that we need to win all the games.
“When you lose a game it’s always very easy to blame the coach. But also when the coach gives us the tools we have to be the ones to step up.
“The way that Mikel plans these games, all the knowledge that they give us before we step on to the pitch is second to none.
“Sometimes it’s not that easy, depending on the opponent, but that’s why football is beautiful. If you play the games on the tactics board, then it will be a completely different game.”