‘He’s getting better’ – Joe Cole full of praise for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Joe Cole has praised heaped praise on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, claiming that he has done extremely well in difficult circumstances.

The Gunners boss came under fire after an extremely rocky start to the current campaign, with our side sat rock-bottom of the Premier League table after three outings, without a single goal to boast from those matches.

Since then however, we have remained unbeaten in all competitions, flying up the table into joint-fifth at present, with the chance to go level with fourth depending on the weekend’s results.

Joe Cole has now moved to heap praise on the Gunners manager, insisting that he has always ‘given him credit’ for the role he has played.

“Mikel Arteta and Arsenal have certainly turned it round,” Cole told Coral via the Daily Star.

“They’ve got the results, a fantastic result at the weekend. I think what they have in their favour is their best players are their youngest players, so they’re going to improve very quickly.

“It looked a few weeks ago like Arteta was in real trouble and one thing I would say to him is he holds himself very, very well. I’ve always given him credit.

“I like the way he sets his teams up, but he’s getting better as a manager all the time because he’s coming through these hard times, thrown in at the deep end.”

You can’t disagree that he was well and truly thrown in at the deep end, and does keep turning things around. I don’t think anyone is calling for his head at present which must be making his job a little easier, and our run of form has put us right back in the hunt for a top-four finish.

Does Arteta get enough credit for the job he has done thus far?


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  1. “he’s getting better” = “heaped praise

    what a stretch, so misleading

    totally expected though

  2. Doing very nicely thank you very much ! Great Manager players are all playing really well long my it continue !!
    In Arteta we Trust ….. COYGs

  3. If he keeps us improving game by game like he has been doing recently and we can all see the improvements, he has time from the fans as that’s all we wanted to see & it’s nice to see the improvements everywhere. Attitude of the players being up there so well done to Mikel.

    All young players at the club now playing, growing & gelling together with a few older heads in the team guiding them. Can only get better with time.

    Alot of older & fringe players shipped out no matter the circumstances or wages as we properly rebuild from the bottom up.

    Defending so much better and look solid. Set pieces we have drastically improved on also offensively due to the staff behind the scenes.

    Watford this weekend is a big game for us and a win will have us in a great postion to challenge the top4 this season.

    Let’s keep the momentum going 👏

  4. Let’s not forget Arteta did not walk into a club that needed tweaking or simply adding to. Wenger joined and had one of the best defenses in Europe a lethal striker in Wrighty and a once in a generation player like Bergkamp and key players like Parlour and Platt around the club. All he needed to do was strength its core and adding a little depth. Plus he had David Dien in his corner executing his vision.

    Arteta’s job was way more difficult, a club in turmoil. A background hierarchy that seemed fractured and unorganised. Owners who didn’t understand and/or didn’t know what it was doing. An aging squad that was 3 years older when Arteta joined from the last time we were in the champions league. Players sitting on massive contracts or who’s contracts were running down to its final year. Complete imbalance in the squad as a whole, only really 3-4 players were upto the quality we needed at the club to take us forward.

    Okay mistakes were made after Wenger and mistakes will still be made. Whatever way you look at it the club even though old and prestigious, it’s working parts are far younger and less experienced. Unfortunately for some fans who have grown impatient and understandably so, this is probably the biggest rebuild the club has ever seen. A new project and a new direction from the one that has seen us through the years since 1886.

    Stan has given Josh the keys to the marbel halls, his first real solo project in the Kronke empire of this size. Venai Venketisham his first time in a CEO position at a major sporting institution. Edu in his first football directors role. Then of course Arteta’s first appointment as manager at one of the biggest clubs on the globe.

    With all this in mind we were never going to get instant success especially with the dire state of the playing staff. Since Arteta has arrived we have seen 15 players leave and 11 players arrive(who are still at the club)in just under 2 years. It showed the major surgery the team has gone though and that was very much needed.

    It took edu a while but he is now signing the right players that his manager wants and not following the Levy and Woodward methods. Hopefully he stays away players on the books of his agent and friend Kia Con-you-oocheran. After player sales and loan fees accrued Arteta has spent in the region of 180m over, not quite 2 years in management. Which when you look at what we have now to what we had is bloody good business.

    I’m not saying I’m in full support of Arteta cause that has to be earned, but I am behind him. Full support starts at qualification European competition and maybe a cup win too. Hopefully we will be in the champions leaguenext season, if were in Europa we should be aiming to win it. We should be getting in the title mix more and more from this year on. we may not win it but we must be in an around it especially next season. Only then will we see under Arteta if our project is headed in the right direction.

    1. Good points James.
      It’s good to see some balanced comments amongst the nonsense that gets trotted out with regularity on this platform.

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