Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham spoke to The Times about Mikel Arteta’s future as the club’s manager.
The Gunners have had a poor start to the season in the Premier League. We have won just four of our first 11 games and currently sit 15th in the table, just seven points above the relegation zone.
Arsenal are struggling to find the back of the net at the moment. We have managed to score just 10 times so far in the league and we’ve scored just once in open play since the game against Sheffield United at the start of October.
The pressure is mounting on Arteta’s shoulders with some people already calling for his head. However, Arsenal’s bosses have no doubts about their manager, and they are fully behind him ahead of the game against Burnley on Sunday.
Vinai: Arteta is the right man for the job
Venkatesham said: “With Mikel we have got a number of things. You’ve got an individual who has extraordinary experience in the Premier League across his time at Arsenal, Everton, Man City and then back at Arsenal.”
“You have got a guy that loves this club and understands what it means to play for this club, and he was obviously the captain here. You’ve got a guy who is a real team player. The team he’s formed with Edu, and also his technical staff, is really, really strong.”
“You’ve got a guy who is absolutely driven to succeed and be successful on the pitch, but doing it in a way that respects our history and traditions. So I think with him we have got a really, really powerful individual.”
Arteta has nothing to be worried about in terms of his own future. The Arsenal boss has all the support he needs, but it is time to get back to winning ways.
The clash against Burnley this weekend is a must-win game. Another defeat will put us in even more trouble than we already are – something we cannot afford, especially with the fans back in the stadium.