Arteta job remains under pressure with replacement eyed

Arsenal remain interested in bringing in Rafa Benitez as Mikel Arteta‘s replacement.

The Gunners managed end their winless run with a much-needed victory over Chelsea yesterday, but that isn’t enough to convince the board that the manager deserves more time.

Our side managed to overcome the Blues at the Emirates yesterday by a 3-1 scoreline, and with a much-improved performance from a number of players, seemingly lifting doubts over the club’s season, with some believing a relegation battle could have evolved as the season ran on.

The Sunday Mirror (according to the DailyStar) state that the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss is being eyed for the role despite the crucial three points, which had temporarily lifted us into 14th place (Leeds win over Burnley has just seen us return to 15th however).

Arteta’s form going into the derby win was beyond disbelief, as we had endured six losses and two draws from their previous eight domestic matches, with little to show from those performances to show that they were likely to turn that form around.

The win over Chelsea definitely came as a shock to some, but the reality is that the West London side have been far from formidable despite their healthy points tally thus far, and we will need further improvement if we are to show some consistency moving forwards.

Does the win assure an upturn in fortunes for Arsenal, and that the manager should feel safe about his future?


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  1. Benitez? I thought people were complaining Arteta was too defensive.

    In all honesty I’d rather Benitez than a lot of other managers, but ultimately I think he’d get fed up at arsenal pretty quickly. I think Arteta deserves a bit more time.

  2. Benitez would be ideal, if it is true. Arteta can’t afford any more hiccups in the next 3 weeks because if it is true, he will be out. Benitez is and has been for years on my wish list. Sound him out wait for Arteta to slip up again and if he does we are ready. Some big winnable games coming up and i expect win win win until utd and then win again.

  3. I think this would be a big mistake, not because I don’t respect his managerial qualities, but because he’s too much of a polarizing character and if this locker room is as divided as I think, he would simply exacerbate the situation…it would be different if he were to arrive in the summer so he could have ample time to properly assess…under these circumstances, assuming things were to get even worse before his arrival, he would be prone to erratic knee-jerk reactions that might be even more problematic both short and long-term…in many ways he’s like a poor man’s Wenger, with his unique training philosophies(80%-20% techniques) and his insistence on playing people out of position, but if you look at his record at bigger clubs since his time at Pool, the only place he lasted more than one year is at Napoli…I believe that his divisiveness has made him a “short leash” manager, which is problematic because he’s philosophy requires time in order to be fully implemented…the only reason he survived as long as he did at Newcastle is because everyone’s focus was squarely on the horrible owner, so he was given just enough time to get some positive results…we don’t need a destabilizing stop-gap, we need real solutions

  4. Living in the USA I watched over the years all the great football, basketball and baseball coaches. And one of the keys to coaching is handling the egos that comes with the talent.
    Although I’m not happy with Arteta’s coaching, to me his biggest problem is dealing with the difficult players. The way he has (not) handled Mesut Ozil.
    Guendouzi and Saliba is unacceptable.
    Unless Arteta figures that out it will follow him and hamper his growth wherever he goes.

  5. I don’t think Arteta is a bad manager, he just inherited a club which was already in doldrums. Arsenal began stinking during Wenger’s era,Arteta is doing his best to keep afloat, given time, he’ll definitely get things right.Changing coaches without fixing the real problems won’t get us anywhere. Benitez isn’t the answer.

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