The loss that Arsenal suffered at the hands of Aston Villa this past weekend seemed to once again put Mikel Arteta’s position as manager into sharp focus. With the Gunners’ top four hopes being in tatters and their top six ambitions also looking a bit suspect, there’s a growing opinion that Arteta isn’t the right man for the job.
Today, we’re going to try and walk through that theory with some analysis of our own.
You can tell by Arteta weeding out the deadwood in the last few transfer windows that he’s got a clear vision of where he wants the club to go, and they aren’t going to reach that summit overnight. Even Pep Guardiola wasn’t able to maintain consistency during his early days at Manchester City, but as he would’ve drilled into Arteta, this is a process. Oh, and when Arsenal are playing at their very best, they’ve been producing some of the best football we’ve seen in years.
The key point here is that the club sits down in 10th place with one win in their last five games in all competitions, and while they may not be in a relegation scrap, that doesn’t mean all should be magically forgiven. Arteta also has some in-game management issues that need to be addressed between his lack of intensity on the touchline to his substitutions, which includes putting far too much trust in players like Willian who clearly don’t belong in this team.
Between Mikel Arteta being a young manager and Arsenal having a lot of exciting puzzle pieces to their name, we don’t think now is the right time to discuss his future. Give him until the end of the season, let him spend some money in the summer and go from there.
Should Arsenal stick with Arteta as manager?