Ornstein explains why Arsenal sacked Emery but are backing Arteta despite worse record
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Ornstein explains why Arsenal sacked Emery but are backing Arteta despite worse record

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David Ornstein spoke on The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman Podcast about Mikel Arteta’s future amid Arsenal’s terrible run of results.

The Gunners boss is under a lot of pressure after failing to win a single league game since the first week of November. Arsenal are currently 15th in the table and another loss this weekend could potentially push us down into the drop zone.

A small section of our fan base have already lost faith in Arteta. They are calling for his head immediately, but Arsenal chiefs still have a lot of faith in our manager – much different to how they felt about Unai Emery, who was sacked despite faring much better than his compatriot.

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Ornstein said: “Arsenal have no appetite to make another managerial change. Moreover, they believe in Mikel Arteta, what he’s doing, his vision and philosophy, where he is trying to take the club in a way I don’t think they ever quite did under Unai Emery.

“I think they had reservations about Emery’s ways of working, his methods, his communication – both verbally in terms of his English, and also the messages he was trying to express. I think they are genuinely very happy with what they see in Arteta’s work.

“Of course they are not happy with the results, the processes though are improved. They have many issues that they need to contend with – some of them are more short-term and some of them have built up over time.”

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Does Arteta deserve the sack?

Just one win in 10 games in the Premier League is a shocking statistic for any manager. This is Arsenal’s worst start to a season in 46 years and anyone else in charge of a club faring as badly as we are would be out of the door by now.

However, sacking Arteta will solve absolutely nothing at Arsenal. The problems are much deeper than just the manager, and anyone else who comes in will end up in a similar position in about a year’s time.

That doesn’t mean Arteta is flawless. He has made his fair share of mistakes during his time at the club. However, he has also won a couple of trophies and convinced our best player to stay. That is why he deserves at least until the end of the January transfer window to turn things around.

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