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Mikel Arteta is not going to be sacked as club give backing to struggling Arsenal manager

Mikel Arteta is not going to be sacked as club give backing to struggling Arsenal manager

Edu says ‘we are doing well’

Arsenal technical director Edu has finally broken the club’s silence regarding the worsening and worrying situation at Arsenal. The Brazilian joined the club in 2019 and has since taken further control over the day-to-day running of the football side of things after Raul Sanhelli’s enforced departure.

Arsenal sit 15th in the table and have lost their last 4 home games in a row ahead of another tough match against high-flying Southampton at The Emirates on Wednesday. However, it seems no matter the result Arteta’s job at the club is safe and that people need to ‘believe’ in what the Spaniard is doing.

“Relaxing is too much,” Edu said when asked if the fans should be calmer about the situation. “Just believe. Internally here, listen, we are doing well.”

“My main message is that we are not talking about only one person, it is unfair to talk about Mikel, or Aubameyang because he is not scoring goals, or Leno because he has to stop the goals.”

“It is unfair to talk about one person, we are a football team, we have to talk about ourselves, talk about “we” 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 driven by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we go, the way we’re building things, starting to see it on a daily basis.”

“So the way we work, the way we train, the way we behave internally, if you see the quality of the work, if you see the quality of the people, if you see properly what’s happening here on a daily basis, it’s nothing to compare with the results.”

Arsenal fans have been asked to be patient for a significant amount of time and considering the club being in the worst league position at this stage of a Premier League season ever, it may be difficult for some fans to accept this as ‘we are doing well.’

Quiet Arsenal January

However, arguably more worrying for Gunners fans was the news that the January window was given no promises by Edu to be a busy one. Arsenal are certainly struggling with their squad and the simple solution appears to be to remove the weak and bring in quality which will help to improve the situation.

However, Edu has said that he feels ‘we have the squad’ and that it is from within that Arteta must look to solve the issues the club are facing.

“We are here to solve the problem. We have the team, we have the squad, we have the manager, we have the staff, everyone in the right place to change it. Why people have to expect a magician to go ‘boom! Come here, Messi! Boom!’? No. It depends on us,” Edu said.

“People might start to 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 inside and be a magician because that’s not going to happen.”

Mikel Arteta is not going to be sacked as club give backing to struggling Arsenal manager

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“Or if you can sign 20 players – which we’re not going to do – but that’s not going to work anyway. So the main problem, the main thing for me, is that we, as a club, have to understand our problem. Here. That’s it. Believe, because we believe. I believe.”

Arsenal fans may take some optimism in Edu mentioning that they will ‘try’ to do something but ultimately it appears that already the excuses for little activity are coming to the fore once again. In the previous two January windows during times of further need of strengthening Arsenal failed.

Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares join in 2020 and have not had any impact on proceedings so far. The prior January saw the loan signing of Denis Suarez who barely played. A third ineffective window during the worst period for the club in recent memory would expectantly push many supporters to breaking point.

When could Arteta realistically be ‘sacked’ from Arsenal management and does that solve their problems?

Aouar was reportedly closest to Juventus at end of transfer window / Arteta and Edu not aligned in Arsenal’s pursuit of Frenchman


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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