The involved manager received the confidence vote as his team struggles to aim for goals and pick up points
Arsenal’s under-fire coach, Mikel Arteta, has received full support from club technical director Edu, but relief will not be felt in the form of big-money signings during the January transfer window.
After the Spanish tactician saw a promising start to his reign last season, when the Gunners lifted the FA Cup, the North London club struggled to 15th place in the league after 12 matches – only scoring 10 goals in those games.
Edu suggested that patience will be shown at first-time coach Arteta, especially because of the effect of Covid-19 on the usual structure of seasons.
“If we don’t talk about patience with Mikel, it would be very unfair to him. Because what a year we faced,” Edu said.
“Preseason challenges, three months without football matches, a lot of things changing at the club. He started, and stopped, and when he got the whole squad going, he stopped again.
“He didn’t get a chance to know everyone right. It would be really unfair for Mikel to say something about it, because the year was so hard for everyone, but even more so for Mikel, who has just arrived at the club.
“Because if you have a manager who’s been at the club for two, three, five years, that makes that situation easier. That’s why Mikel always needs, on my part, good words.”
Arsenal fans angrily whistled the team at Sunday’s final whistle a 1-0 defeat to Burnley in the first match supporters were able to attend Emirates Stadium since the recent pandemic.
However Edu would not tell the fans to relax, but instead reassured them that the club is going in the right direction with Arteta at the helm.
“Relaxing is too much,” he said.
“Just believe me. Inside here, listen, we’re fine.
“My main message is that we’re not talking about just one person, it’s unfair to talk about Mikel, or Aubameyang because he doesn’t aim for goals, or Bernd Lane because he has to stop the goals.
“It’s unfair to talk about one person, we’re a football team, we have to talk about ourselves, talk about‘ us ’and not‘ him ’so that for me is the main message.
“The way I see things is very simple. It’s normal and easy to be guided by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we’re going, how We are rebuilding things, starting to see it every day.
“So our way of working, our training, our behavior internally, if you see the quality of the work, if you see the quality of the people, if you see exactly what happens here every day, it’s nothing to compare with the results . “
With many of Arsenal’s stars currently failing, there is a suggestion that the club will have to significantly take over the transfer market in January in an attempt to save their season.
Edu would not talk about the kind of players Arsenal would target during the next period of player, but suggested that the club will not make many squad changes.
“We are not talking about [player transfers] outside, “he said.
“We are here to solve the problem. We have the team, we have the squad, we have the manager, we have the staff, we are all in the right place to change it.
“Why do people have to wait for a magician to go ‘explode! Come here, Messi! Explosion!’? No. It depends on us.
“People might ask, ‘what are you going to do in the winter window?’ Of course we will try to do something but we have the responsibility to change it.Don’t wait for someone outside to come in and be a magician, because that won’t happen.
“Or if you can sign 20 players – which we won’t do – but that won’t work anyway. So the main problem, the main thing for me, is that we, as a club, have to understand our problem. Here. Here it is. Believe me, because we believe. I believe. “
The Gunners face a tough set-up in the next 12 days with league matches against Southampton (home), Everton (away) and Chelsea (home) – while also hosting Man City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.