Arsenal legend David Seaman spoke to TalkSport this morning about Mikel Arteta amid his former side’s recent struggles.
The Gunners have won just four of their opening 13 games in the Premier League this season. We currently sit five points above 18th placed Burnley but the Clarets have two games in hand over us.
The pressure is mounting on Mikel Arteta’s shoulders. The Arsenal boss reportedly has full backing from the board, but a very small section of our fan base have already lost faith in him and want him gone.
However, Seaman believes Arteta is the right man for the job. He has urged the board to back him in the transfer window and has revealed what he has heard about the Gunners boss from people inside the training ground.
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He said: “We all know how good Arsenal can be. But at the moment it’s not happening, there’s a massive lack of confidence. If I’m honest, it can’t get any worse. But I know people at the training ground and they tell me Arteta’s coaching techniques are fantastic.”
“What I would say, is a lot of that team was under Wenger and Emery. He hasn’t got his own team yet and the club needs to back him on that. We can all see he needs players.”
Seaman is right – Arteta deserves time
Arteta came in, made Arsenal look much better than we did before and won two trophies before he started his first full season as a manager. That raised the expectations among fans and it has been hard for the players to live up to it.
Some of the performances have been inexcusable, nobody can deny that. Arteta has to take the blame for all of that, but sacking him will change nothing, and we will go back to where we were when Wenger left.
The new manager will fare the same way as Emery or Arteta or worse, and that helps nobody. Arteta has earned the right to be given time to rebuild after bringing two trophies to the club, and the board should give him exactly that.