While rival fans may choose to point and laugh at Arsenal Football Club from time to time, especially in the wake of the Aston Villa defeat, it’s important to remember that we’re in the midst of a rebuilding project under Mikel Arteta. The young boss hasn’t exactly gotten everything right so far, and he deserves to be called out for that, but there’s still so much we don’t know about the direction things are going in under the Spaniard’s leadership.
During a recent interview with Arsenal.com, Arteta gave an honest assessment of how things are going thus far.
“We’re a long way, I’m afraid,” he said. “It’s part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.
“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.
“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it’s been difficult, it’s been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.
“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright. I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don’t go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.
“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”
Nothing is perfect in the world of football and we all know that, but we can also understand why some fans are feeling a little bit impatient – especially when you take a look at the strength of the club’s first team squad right now. The next few months are going to be absolutely crucial for Arteta and even though it’s going to be tough to watch at times, we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
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