Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'
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Arsenal have endured a terrible start to the Premier League season and Mikel Arteta is under increasing pressure as Gunners boss, but another potential manager has been suggested and backed to put the club in a better position.
Arsenal have had a dreadful start the season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with zero points.
With three losses against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, without even scoring a goal, it’s Arsenal’s worst start to a top-flight season in their 118-year history.
The pressure has mounted on Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, especially after the club were the biggest spenders this summer, splashing out £150million on six new signings that have failed to contribute so far.
Due to the issues at Arsenal, they have been advised to appoint Sam Allardyce as a potential replacement for the Spaniard if results don’t improve.
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According to Tony Cascarino, Arsenal would be in a much better place if Allardyce was in charge as opposed to Arteta, even though he was relegated for the first time in his managerial career last season with West Brom.
The former Aston Villa and Chelsea striker told talkSPORT: “If you look at what he did to West Brom – I know they went down but he certainly made them far better defensively. He’d make Arsenal way better.
“I know some Arsenal fans don’t care about that, they want their teams to have flair, but I think Sam would undoubtedly do a better job than Arteta is doing at the moment.”
The results haven’t been good enough from Arsenal’s perspective, but they have had an extremely difficult start to the season, which has been overlooked by many.
However, it’s the manner of defeats that are the cause for concern, and there are reports that Arteta has been given until the next international break to turn the Gunner’s fortunes around, or face being the first manager to be sacked this season, and Allardyce is currently unemployed, so is always an option.
Arteta joined the club in December 2019 after leaving his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, but hasn’t been able to get Arsenal any higher than eighth in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s first ever technical director Edu has also been subject to heavy criticism from the Gunners fans, as the club’s recruitment has been extremely poor ever since the Brazilian joined ahead of the 2019/20 season.
In a rare interview, Edu has spoken out about the judgements that have been made, in an interview with Sky Sports, and explained that injuries have also been a factor in Arsenal’s poor start to the season.
Edu said: “We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn’t really have good back-ups to play games and I believe we need a squad to win games.
“Of course, it has hurt us to be in that situation. We are hurt, I am hurt. I don’t want to see the club there, but I want to see the team playing together. Let’s judge the team when they play together.
“Why are a few clubs around the Premier League just signing one or two players? It’s because they already have the foundation. They already have the team prepared. I’m sorry, but the reality is we don’t.”
Edu and Arteta will be hoping that their fresh batch of signings hit the ground running pretty quickly, or both could be under even more pressure, and face the sack.
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