The decision makers at the Emirates are fully committed to the Spaniard and only an epic capitulation of the North London club’s season would make them potentially change their position. They remain firmly behind Arteta and his project. They feel that his career and Arsenal’s fortunes will move in the right direction.
The former Arsenal captain’s work ethic since he has been at the club has been nothing short of brilliant. At the start of the season, he handed out dossiers to the club’s new signings so that they knew what they were expected to bring to the table.
During the last international break, he spent an enormous amount of time figuring out how to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang regain his goalscoring form. He focussed on finding ways to get the Gabon international into central areas where he is most lethal. Unfortunately, his plan is yet to deliver as Aubameyang has not found the back of the net from open play since the opening day of the season.
Many questions are starting to be asked of Arteta and how suited he is for the Arsenal job. It must be noted that the size of the challenge and the number of obstacles he has had to deal with are not normal.
He inherited a team short on quality to compete for the top four when compared to their rivals. There has been a host of issues off the field which have caused instability like the changes in leadership which have seen Raul Sanllehi depart the club, the global pandemic and the complicated situation surrounding Mesut Ozil.
A manager must be judged on results, the progression of his project and the link between what he talks about in press conferences about his philosophy and what is seen on the football pitch. Most importantly, he has to be judged based on his starting point and the tools he is given to achieve the club’s goals. Arteta is at the start of a road that is bound to be rocky but must be judged only once he has had time to work with a squad that is in his mould.
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