Per Mertesacker has called for Arsenal fans to be patient over returning to the UEFA Champions League.
In an interview with the Beautiful Game Podcast which touched on plenty of subjects within the club, the academy director made a defining point that supporters need to be patient over what Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are trying to build.
The Basque manager has been manager of the Gunners since 2019, and whilst Arteta has managed to win the FA Cup and Community Shield, performances in Europe and the league have been poor.
Arsenal have finished in 8th place twice under Arteta. And the Gunners failed to win the UEFA Europa League on both occasions since the arrival of the former Manchester City coach.
Indeed, at a club as big as Arsenal, success is a must for any coach to thrive. Yet Mertesacker has called on supporters to be patient with Arteta and his vision.
Mertesacker said: “I’m impatient. I want to be successful tomorrow, I want to go back to the Champions League tomorrow, I want to speak to people and say ‘listen, we have got the best club in the world who challenges for titles every single year.’
“That’s not the reality. I think the earlier we get on the train of we are in a big, big transition still (the better).”
Insider’s View: Mertesacker is right to call for patience at Arsenal
Patience is something of a luxury these days in football. The game is running at such a pace that a run of bad results can now be the difference between a manager staying or going. Yet at Arsenal, the club are being offering Arteta a lifeline.
Results have been poor. But the sad nature of Arsenal is that the club are in such a deep hole that no manager has the quality to rescue the side unless they are given time.
And with Arteta winning his last two games, patience will be needed if the Gunners are to return to Europe, let alone the Champions League.