West Ham United boss David Moyes has delivered his verdict on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ahead of the London derby tomorrow.
The Spaniard has come under a lot of criticism since his appointment at the Emirates. He started off brilliantly by winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield, but Arsenal’s performances since have mostly been poor.
That has given rise to some fans calling for Arteta’s head already, but Moyes doesn’t agree with that for one second. He believes that the Arsenal boss is doing a great job in North London.
Moyes: Arteta has started well as Arsenal manager
The West Ham manager claimed that he does not understand why people have completely ignored the fact that Arteta won two trophies before his first full season as a manager even started.
The Scot said in his press conference today, as per Football London: “I don’t know why people don’t talk about Mikel winning a couple of trophies, I have found it hard to win trophies so I think he has got off to a good start.
“He has a good team and they have bought some good young players. I did not agree with a lot of the criticism at Arsenal and I think Mikel has started his career really well with an FA Cup and Charity Shield so I think he has started well.”
The Insider’s View:
Arteta definitely deserves more credit for picking up the two trophies in his first eight months as a manager. That’s not a bad achievement at all, but things haven’t gone smoothly since our Community Shield win.
Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League last season and dropped out of Europe for the first time in about a quarter of a century. We started this campaign terribly as well, and that put even more pressure on the Spaniard.
The one thing that is clear, however, is the fact that the Arsenal board are fully behind Arteta. He will get the time he needs to bring us back to the top, but the Gunners simply have to show significant improvement in the second half of the season.