Will it be better under Mikel Arteta?

Will it be better under Mikel Arteta?




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So, we know now that a delegation from Arsenal travelled to Manchester to meet with Mikel Arteta on Sunday night. Pictures rose, legends have been told since about how Man City were miserable that we didn’t mention our interest to them while, you know, they were in London and in the boardroom.

It seems like that would have been a good time to do it, in fairness, but don’t ask me to explain the way this football club does things at times. I only don’t know. What I do know is that things are at a very advanced stage in negotiations. Arteta craves the job, it’s now about get the deal over the line. Some compensation for City, perhaps, a reported meeting with Josh Kroenke last night, and then it should all be done and dusted.

We’ve been here before, of course. May 2018 when the former skipper spent the weekend in London looking at mansions because he judged the job was his, and then on the Monday evening Arsenal slipped an Unai Emery shaped bombshell on everyone at the last minute. I don’t believe we’re going to do that again this time, although I was as blindsided as everyone else back then very. Podcast listeners will know we were doing a live support during which myself, James, Amy Lawrence and Philippe Auclair invested 45 hours speaking about the appointment everyone was expecting before Emery was appointed.

Then we got Ivan Gazidis smugly sitting there saying ” Those who know won’t speak and those who speak, won’t know ,” before he got out of Dodge as quickly as he could and legged it to Milan. There’s just one of that trio that were reportedly unanimous on Emery left at the squad … for now anyway.

Anyway, from May 2018 to December 2019, and in a weird lane- and I better appreciate how peculiar this is- I see the job is more suited to Arteta than it was back then. When you look at it objectively, the authorities have grounds to be skeptical of his appointment.

He has never finagled a association before.

I aim, that’s kind of where you have to start with this. Whatever his bona fide as a manager, and he comes with the endorsement of one of the greatest coach-and-fours football has ever seen in Pep Guardiola, it’s still an incredible likelihood to side him the reins at a club like Arsenal.

That said, it it’s not us, he’s going to get his start somewhere else. Someone has to be the squad that grants him his first job. I can examine people say it should be a smaller club, cause him toil his room up to one of the prestige of Arsenal, and I are all aware that wholly. Nonetheless, I review the territory of play here at the moment means that- as much as we might not like to consider it- we’re smaller than we used to be. Our stature has decreased after three seasons in the Europa League and probably another next year if we do well enough to obligate the European arranges. That’s far from guaranteed as things stand.

Maybe it sounds counter-intuitive to forgo a overseer/ president manager with more experience, but as each week goes on, it becomes more clear to me that Arsenal are a club that needs to step back, take stock, and rehabilitate. We’ve tried to build on the ashes of what Arsene Wenger left. Things slumped under him, we spent a lot of money on participates like Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Sokratis- along with some young signals- to try and get us back into the top four. This summer’s business, with a guild record PS72m on Nicolas Pepe, felt like we were going all in. Betting the much on the kind of improvement that they are able to witness us return to the transcend tour and that sweetened, sweetened Champs League lucre.

It didn’t work, Unai Emery got fired because decisions were so poor, and our chances of a top four finish are now so remote the authorities have undiscovered tribes there. There are issues with some of our top/ more experienced participates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have 12 months left on his contract the summer months, and fortunes are he’ll want to go and play elsewhere if we’re scratching around in the Europa League next season. Mesut Ozil remains a PS3 50,000 a week burden on the payment proposal. Both actors are the far place of 30. Lacazette is another whose future may be in question but he has a contract until 2022, so there’s some jiggle area there. Sokratis and Luiz( 31 and 33) are the centre-half equivalents of Joe Pesci and the other bloke in Home Alone. Neither of them has any long-term future here.

We finished Sunday’s 3-0 demolish to Man City with two 18 year olds, a 19 time old-fashioned, and two 20 year olds on the lurch- an sketch of where that rehabilitating place begins. There’s obviously a very clear need for recruitment in key castes, something that the club will have to do to support any new heading coach-and-four, but too a real need to bring through talent from within and develop our Academy participates. One of any issues that has been a feature of Arteta’s work at Man City is improving types. It’s slightly different polishing a gem like Raheem Sterling, as opposed to building the likes of Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Sake et al Premier League ready week in, week out, but it’s definitely within his wheelhouse as a coach.

Let’s be realistic though, having devote heavily over the last two summers, funds are likely to be limited, so this development of youth is going to be a key consideration. It’s going to take time, and it’s going to require a medium-long term plan. The theory of an experienced coach who can come in and stabilise things dins acceptable, but is it genuinely what we need? Wasn’t Emery supposed to do that anyway?




Obviously, an appointed like Arteta is a risk- for all the very obvious rationalizations that everyone knows- and I can’t sit here and make assurances that he’s going to do a good job. What it does say to me though is that there’s an acceptance of where we are right now and what it’s going to take to get us out of it. There are no quick fixes anymore. We’re no longer a association who are required to only two or three players to manufacture us competitive again, we need at least two or three displace windows plus a solid hope endorsement that up.

Maybe I’m just lost in a kind of delusion, but if you were to ask me my model hire right now, it wouldn’t be an Ancelotti or an Allegri, it would be a young, forward envisaging instruct who has lots of potential and I feel Arteta adapts the statement. So much will depend on how the society assist him, and it’s something James and I discussed in yesterday’s Arsecast Extra. If they are able to clearly communicate to us to thinking behind this and their policy for moving us forward again, it’d go down well, I’m sure.

Then again, they told us exactly why they reflected Emery was the right man, and that didn’t point well, but it doesn’t alter the facts of the case that this is a pivotal moment in the club’s modern biography. It’s happening in an epoch when information is valuable currency, we have some many canals and sources and shops, and there’s only one who can utterly control the message- that’s the club itself. I don’t think they’ve crossed themselves in blessing with some of their recent communications, so perhaps it’s daft of me be anticipated that from them, but it’s something they should aspire to because it’s so, so important.

It’s also vital that “were starting” this rebuilding process as soon as possible. Arsenal can’t continue with Freddie being asked to time the job of five men, supported by parties once doing other jobs. We had the team physician doing part of the warm-up against City apparently, that’s not sustainable. It’s shambolic. So, let’s see what the next day or two fetches- a new arrival, perhaps some differences, day will tell.

I’ll leave you with the Arsecast Extra from yesterday. James and Andrew Allen were at the FSA awardings last-place nighttime in which we were nominated for Best Fan Media. We lost out to The Anfield Wrap, so congrats to them, and thank you to everyone for your votes anyway. Happy listening!

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