Former rival insists Arteta ‘needs time’ to fix issues

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has insistsed that Mikel Arteta needs time to overcome the issues within his Arsenal squad, whilst pressure grows on his job.

The Gunners have won just once from their last six Premier League matches, leaving his side with the club’s worst points tally at this point of the season since the Premier League began.

Naturally this will lead to speculation over the manager’s job, especially when you realise that the loss yesterday came on the anniversary of Unai Emery’s removal from the same role 12 months ago.

Hasselbaink doesn’t believe that it is time to give up on Arteta however, as he calls for the back him with time and further investment.

“I think Arteta knows where he wants to go. I think he just needs time. He needs investment, I do think of the last three managers, he has had the worst squad, so there’s a lot that needs to be done,” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports (via Football.London).

“He needs time, but they’re still Arsenal. He wants to change their mentality of conceding, they were a soft touch in the past and he needs to change that.

“You’re not going to get success if you’re so open and getting lots of goals against, so he needs to change that and he is doing that, but you still need to attack with the nice attacking players he has, they need to have chances provided for them.”

While it is easy to turn on the manager amidst disastrous form, and it is tough in a results business to see the positives in times of turmoil, many teams do endure blips, and it wasn’t long ago when Arteta was winning trophies with our side, as well as our recent transfer activity being much-improved also.

Is it just a matter of time before the Spaniard turns things around?


Tags Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Mikel Arteta


  1. Of course our rival is gonna say that and laugh when the cameras are off. Its been nearly a year. And 1.5 transfer windows.

    He has the team he has. And there is not alot of money to spend on new players. Honeymoon is over so as far as I’m concerned mikael has 1 month to put up or shut up. No one is questioning Everton manager because he is doing the business

  2. Tough learning curve in the PL; will we wait around for Arteta to figure things out. We are dropping down the table while Arteta is looking for answers. I say looking because we have struggled for weeks in our attack, and it seems our defense has lost a step.
    I’ve seen some comments that mention Arteta trying even more tactics and complexities to sort out the mess. Maybe there is something to that; perhaps instead he should take a step back, have some faith in his players, and free them up to play.
    The question is, has Arteta shown enough to get financial backing from the owners in January? Very difficult question to ask, and tough spot for the owners. Personally, I haven’t seen Arteta get the most out of the players he currently has, or utilizing their strengths to improve the team.
    Why bring in more players when Arteta isn’t getting the most out of his current ones. Tough decision for owners.

          1. Equally as poor though, Declan, has all the ingredients to be a really drab affair.. omg we may even make Joelinton look like Messi 🙈😄

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