Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has urged Arsenal to stick with Mikel Arteta. This comes in the backdrop of their recent goalless draw against Leeds United. After nine games in the league, they find themselves in twelfth place with thirteen points.
There were high expectations from Mikel Arteta at the start of the season. In his first few months in charge, he won the FA Cup and the Community Shield as well. However, the Spaniard has failed to take that momentum into the new season.
It has been over seven hours since they scored a goal from open play in the Premier League. Their last goal from open play came against bottom side Sheffield United. Since then they have only scored one goal in the Premier League. It was a penalty by Aubameyang against Manchester United.
Arsenal also conceded three goals against Aston Villa. They also failed to score against Manchester City and Leicester City.
Jordan’s advise to the Gunners
Jordan revealed that initially, he had doubts whether Arteta is the right man for the job or not. He believed that due to his lack of experience in top-flight football, he might not be able to do well at the Emirates. Before his Arsenal job, he had only been an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
But he has been impressed with the way the Arteta has performed so far. Under him, they also managed to sign Thomas Partey despite not offering Champions League football. Though they are having problems scoring goals, they have improved defensively.
He also revealed that experience is very important to manage big Premier League teams. Jordon also said that he did not believe that Frank Lampard was up to Chelsea’s job, because of his lack of experience. But he has heard more good things about Arteta than bad things He said “I had reticence about Frank Lampard because I do think experience is something that you simply can’t buy, and when you’re taking on Premier League teams it’s very difficult to manage in that league. But I like a lot more that I hear from Arteta than I dislike.”
However, he reiterated that there is plenty of work to be done at the Emirates. They are far away from the top four and they even further away from challenging for the title. The former Palace chairman has suggested that the Gunners should keep Arteta for the long term in order to get the best out of him.
“I just think this guy, probably, if he’s given enough time will have an opportunity to be a really, really good manager.”
Should Arsenal give more time to Mikel Arteta?
Liverpool has shown that if you back a manager enough eventually you will have success. During his first three years, Jurgen Klopp did not win anything but the Reds continued to back him. However, there is no hard and fast rule that it will work.
Before arriving at Anfield, Klopp was very successful at Dortmund as well. This is Arteta’s first job, though he has done well. First Arsenal has to make sure that they all the players he wants. So that he can implement the style of football he wants.
Even after getting him the players he wants, Arteta is not able to make Arsenal title challengers, only then they should consider sacking him. They will have to show patience with him, there is no choice. If they let go of him without giving him the players he wants, they will be back to square one.
Another thing for them to consider is that they should back the manager, even if the players rebel against him. In modern-day football we have seen if players don’t like a manager, they will go to the extent of playing bad in order to get him sacked. If that situation arises they should set an example that they back the manager, not the player.