After Arsenal confirmed Mikel Arteta had extended his Arsenal contract until 2025, technical director Edu explained why the club feels the Spaniard is the right man to take the Gunners forward.
“I always say to be a very good manager you need three good characteristics,” said the Brazilian.
“I think he has all of them. You need to be a good communicator, like he is. He needs to be a guy who controls the tactics and understands the game very well. And to manage people.
“That’s the three key points needed to be a very good manager. Of course, there are a lot more as well, but those are the main ones, which he controls very much. That’s why he’s doing well and is a very good manager.”
While we’re cynical enough to believe the timing of the news has, at least in part, been engineered to steer the narrative of the final episode of Amazon’s upcoming ‘All or Nothing’ documentary – set to be released later this year – Edu was quick to point out the benefits of creating a sense of stability ahead of a summer that will be shaped by negotiations with existing players and potential new signings.
He also hopes it’ll galvanise the squad as they try to secure Champions League football in the next three weeks.
On announcing the news before the end of the season, Edu said: “There are a lot of reasons why. First of all we can put our plan in place, and secondly it’s important to show everyone where we want to go as a club.
“We are going to face a big summer again, it’s important to have our manager in here because people are asking us ‘what about his future? What about the team? This season how are we going to play?’
“Then we can prove that we are continuing with this manager and keep playing the way we are. So that helps us a lot. I think the timing will be perfect, I really believe the message will be a big lift to everyone. To the fans, to the club, to the players, to Mikel. I think it will be brilliant and I’m looking forward to it.”
For his part, Arteta says he hopes the news will provide his players with a final push as they head into crunch games with Leeds, Sp*rs, Newcastle and Everton.