Former Gunner backs Mikel Arteta to turn things around at Arsenal

Former Arsenal goalie Manuel Almunia has become the latest former Arsenal player to back Mikel Arteta to help the Gunners return to the top.

The former Gunner played briefly with Arteta at the Emirates before leaving to have a journeyman career.

He is now coaching in the Middle East and recently granted an interview to Marçà.

He admitted that Arsenal is currently underachieving and reckons that the Gunners should be somewhere around the top of the Premier League table and also competing in the Champions League.

He, however, backed Mikel Arteta to return the club to the glory days again because he believes that the former Manchester City assistant manager has what it takes.

He told Marca: “With Arsenal, as the big club that they are, it’s a shame to see them like this. For the history, infrastructure, British and global fans and the attraction in general, they should be in the Champions League and higher up in the league.

“Sooner or later, they’ll be among the best again and I’m sure Mikel will help with that. He was a player not long ago.

“He’s shared the dressing room with some of the players he coaches now and he knows what modern football is like and he’ll know what the best thing for them is. He has to be given time.”

Arteta has overseen some much-needed positive changes at Arsenal since he became their manager late last year. However, he will be keen to strengthen his team when the transfer window reopens so he can get the players that can move Arsenal forward.

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  1. Sue says:

    Is it sad that I’m a little excited over the ePremier League Fifa 20 tournament??!!
    Sterling v Zaha, how good will that be?!

    1. jon fox says:

      YAWN! And it is not sad, unless you wish it to be. If I HAD to be involved then I WOULD be sad but as I don’t have to I am perfectly happy to leave it to those who like playing with glorified toys.

      1. Sue says:

        Jon, it’s desperate measures, this is what I’ve had to resort to – watching pro footballers V celebs on YouTube! Sky are showing the final on Friday!! 😀

        1. Sue says:

          Animals, Jon, the plan is to eventually have a small holding. And walks, really long walks with my dog.
          To be told the pubs may not reopen until December, meaning no competitive darts for 8 months ☹ not the same throwing at home!
          That’s a shame about your bowls.. it’s hard adapting to our new lifestyle, everything we’ve become accustomed to, gone for the foreseeable! A lot of people say to me how bored they are at home – if they’d been at work with me and witnessed what we have, and how horrendous the last few days in particular have been, trust me they wouldn’t be saying that!! Which leads me to say please look after yourself, Jon and stay safe 🙂

  2. Top Gunner says:

    Emery left the team at no.11 on the log and it’s still there. The only change that I can remember is tp call back Ozil to the starting line-up. Anyone who picks Ozil and Xhaka in the starting line-up cannot make it. I’ve said it before. I used to say that Arsene Wenger will be pulled from his seat by trusting Ozil, Xhaka, Giroud, and Ram

  3. S.J says:

    Having Ozil and Xhaka in a 3 man midfield is suicidal, cause they are both slow players.

    The day our manager Arteta realizes this and fix Ceballos and Guendouzi which are the best available to me to fill there position the better for us.

    If the league resumes I wish to see this line up for the rest of the 9 games. Torreira might still be injured so I will go with this.


    Martinelli, Lacazette, Saka..

    Guendouzi, Ceballos..

    Tierney, Mari, Luiz, Bellerin..


  4. Top Gunner says:

    Can someone tell me exactly what did Arsenal improve in. Arteta is not gonna make it if he want to please soccer pundits. Pundits are the ones praising him for nothing.

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