Former Arsenal captain William Gallas has delivered a harsh verdict on Mikel Arteta, 18 months after the Gunners appointed him as our new manager.
Arteta was tasked with the job of steadying the ship in 2019 after a disastrous start to the season saw Unai Emery face the sack. The Arsenal boss did really well in his first few months in charge, and ended the campaign by winning the FA Cup.
He started last term by picking up the Community Shield as well and a lot was expected of him and Arsenal. Sadly, things didn’t quite worked out as the Gunners ended the campaign in eighth position – our worst finish in over 25 years.
William Gallas: Mikel Arteta was not ready for the Arsenal job
Gallas has now blamed the Gunners board for our current woes. He believes that Arteta was never ready to take charge of a club as big as Arsenal, and has claimed that the Spaniard’s inexperience is the reason behind our poor finish in the Premier League last season.
He told The Sun: “Mikel Arteta was not ready yet to manage a club like Arsenal.
“OK, he was assistant coach at Manchester City. But he had never managed a team. It is completely different. The board made a mistake picking him. I’m sure he will be a great manager but you need to have experience to manage a big club.
“To be honest, it is a great shame for the Arsenal fans after finishing eighth. Arsenal is not the same Arsenal we knew 18, 20 years ago. We had players who were strong with strong personalities.”
The Insider’s View:
This narrative was expected after how bad our performances were last season. Arteta has received a ton of criticism and rightly so, but some of them have been slightly over the top.
Yes, the Spaniard has made plenty of mistakes over the last year, he’ll be the first one to admit that. However, he was the right option after Emery was sacked, and he deserves more time to succeed.
Arteta has arguably had the most difficult start to a managerial career ever. The pandemic has made things more difficult than it should’ve been, but with things settling down now, we will see what he’s all about.
If he receives the right backing from the board, we are convinced that Arsenal will succeed under Arteta. However, if things don’t change in the first few months of next season, the Spaniard will have no leg to stand on, and he will sadly face the same fate as his predecessor.