Please Share This:
Mike Arteta has been under fire for poor performances that have seen them closer than ever to the relegation zone. Their recent 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the Carabao cup compounded Arsenal’s misery. Many would-be quick to demand the sack of Arteta at this stage but the truth is that it could only worsen the situation.
The problem with Arsenal is not much of a coaching problem as it may seem. Admittedly, Arteta has made a few wrong decisions in his setup and formation but the players should have a larger chunk of the blame. How does Aubameyang immediately after signing a contract extension begins to perform so poorly that you can hardly tell if he is the same person?
Nicolas Pepe has been performing poorly even before Arteta came in and while it is true that it is the coach’s job to bring the best out of his players, these are not the players Arteta truly wants. He has inherited a bunch of players who wouldn’t fit into his game plan but is forced to play them due to lack of choice.
Thomas Partey, one signing that was requested for by Mikel Arteta has performed very well before his injury. This shows that Arteta has a plan and while some may argue that his refusal to be flexible has cost Arsenal, his plan when displayed at the slightest have shown glimpses of perfection.
Constant praise from top managers like Pep Guardiola also shows that the issue with Arsenal is not about the coach as Arteta has the right philosophy to excel at Arsenal and he has to be given the necessary support. The board also needs to start buying players based on the request of Arteta as if this is done more often, Arsenal could be back in contention for trophies.