Arsenal’s Technical Director, Edu, has strongly backed Mikel Arteta, and call for fans to have patience as the team endures its worst run of form under the Spaniard.
Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley was our fourth successive loss at home, and after twelve games the Gunners have just thirteen Premier League points.
It’s leaves the team in desperate need of a win, but with high-flying Southampton visiting on Wednesday, it’s going to take something big to dig ourselves out of this rut.
Obviously, when results are poor, people talk about the position of the manager, but as far as the former Invincible is concerned, Arteta needs time and patience
“If we’re not talking about patience with Mikel it would be very unfair to him. Because what a year we have faced,” he told Sky Sports in an interview recorded before Sunday’s loss.
“Pre-season challenges, three months without any football matches, a lot of things changing in the club. He started, and stopped, and when he started to get an understanding of all the squad he stopped again.
“He didn’t get a sequence to know everyone properly. It would be really unfair to Mikel to say something about that because the year was so challenging for everyone but even more for Mikel, who’d just arrived at the club.
“Because if you have a manager who was at the club for two, three, five years, it makes that situation easier.
“That’s why Mikel needs always, from my side, good words.”
The Brazilian did acknowledge that results have been poor, but insisted that what is going on behind the scenes gives him faith that it will improve.
“The way I see things is very simple,” he continued.
“It’s normal and easy to be driven by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we go, the way we’re building things, starting to see it on a daily basis.
“So the way we work, the way we train, the way we behave internally, if you see the quality of the work, if you see the quality of the people, if you see properly what’s happening here on a daily basis, it’s nothing to compare with the results.”
Arteta also received the backing of Pep Guardiola, who he understudied at Man City for three years.
“Arsenal doesn’t have a better manager that leads this club, in this year and the next, that is better than him,” said Guardiola.
“I would say if I was part of the board at Arsenal, I will not have any doubts about his quality and capacity to put Arsenal in the place like Arsenal deserves to be.”
Arteta will be without suspended duo Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin for the Southampton game, and it remains to be seen which further changes he might make to try and get his side firing again.
The manager will meet the press this morning, and we’ll have all the stories throughout the day here.