Opinion: Can we trust Arteta to work his New Year magic once again?

Mikel Arteta became Arsenal’s manager late last year and he helped to put smiles on our faces after a tough time under Unai Emery.

Most Arsenal fans warmed up to him after a few months and Arsenal’s form in the new year 2020 was fantastic.

From the 1st of January 2020, Arsenal didn’t lose a domestic game until during Project Restart in June.

Their only loss in all competitions came against Olympiacos in the Europa League.

That run of form had us all dreaming of a return to the Champions League at the end of that season.

Perhaps, if Covid-19 had not struck and forced the game to be suspended we would have kept the run going because we had momentum.

This year has just a few weeks to go, perhaps Arteta is waiting for the turn of the new year to get the team back to form.

Arsenal will face West Brom, Newcastle United (FA Cup), Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton in their first five competitive games of the new year.

These are tricky matches, but they are matches that we should win if we’re serious about getting back to form.

Last nights loss to Burnley is a hammer blow as were the previous losses and there is no guarantee that Arteta will even be the manager come the new year but if he is, those games are very winnable and whoever is in charge has a great opportunity to put a winning run together.

Maybe that is what the board is waiting for before they pull the trigger on Arteta.

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50 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    YES MARTIN, I DO!
    I REMAIN A STAUNCH AND TOTAL BELIEVER IN THE FUTURE ACHIEVEMENTS OF MA, provided the daft fans who want him out don’t pressure the club into making a decision they would come to regret. Keep the faith and be SUPPORTERS, NOT CRITICS.

    1. Krish says:

      says the one who remained a staunch and total believer of emery and then suddenly changed the narrative as soon as emery was sacked..

      1. Dennis Lawrence Moriarty says:

        Krish,

        yes a very short memory he has!

      2. jon fox says:

        That is a lie! You are used to lying about me and so am I . You never say anything constructive, I have often noticed.

    2. Darthballz says:

      Jon what do you see in mikels team that others dont

      1. jon fox says:

        DARTHBALLZ, it is not in the team that I see greatness, at least not as it is now But I see steel and strength of purpose in MA and his calling out of Pepe and now Xhaka for red cards is impressive, as is his exclusion of the arrogant Guendouzi and the bone idle OZIL. He has been badly hampered by key injuries, esp to PARTEY and total loss of form by Auba , LACA and Willian.

        He needs to give more youngsters a real chance in the Prem and bin the likes of XHAKA, WILLIAN, LACA and BELLERIN, which I think he will soon do. Kroenke is another ongoing handicap too and the forest of deadwood that Covid and stupid contracts by GAZIDIS make it almost impossible to shift. None of those contracts nor Kroenke and his meanness are MA s fault. Though I do think he made a big mistake in signing Willian. Partey and Gabriel were great signings but we badly need more but cannot , due to Kroenke.
        I like to be fair and not blame the wrong person. I am firmly in favour of MA remaining our manager for many, many years ahead.

        1. Darthballz says:

          Thanks for that .i agree on most of what you say apart from ozil . I thought we played much better at the start of this year with him in the team . I feel now that mikel has a way he wants to play but not the right players which i think might be his downfall. But i too am still on his side

          1. Angus says:

            It’s time for arteta to go arsenal is to big for him, his running out of ideas and he got no back bone he must men up

        2. towny254 says:

          Arsenal have money jon fox they are just prudent they don’t tell us everything

        3. Joe. S says:

          Rather a bone idle Ozil than an. Eleny work horse. At least Ozil gave hope.

          1. jon fox says:

            Hope? Only to his bank manager !

        4. RW1 says:

          This kind of pseudo logic coached in ethical clothing is beyond belief … This is not what makes a good manager … Getting players To press hard chase down opponents find space look for the ball rather than avoiding it etc not pantomime responses to ill discipline is what counts on that score …there is zero … Or rather ZERO … sign that he has got the basics right with this team …
          Arteta has built a team that plays the worst football in decades …and that from someone who bitterly complained about wenger’s last 5 years …They haven’t even learnt how to take throw ins yet for gods sake … So next come the excuses … Including the predictable reference to ozils laziness … Which anyone who appreciates football would take over the inferiority of his preferred options … and ad hoc factors like injuries or referring or contracts … Followed by flights of footballing fantasy about Youngsters who look good against harrogate town or Irish equivalent being deemed repressed talent waiting to be unleashed on top EPL teams even when given the opportunities they demonstrate time and again their mediocrity … Arteta’s learning on the job and his slow wittedness has produced the worst start in 4 decades … Time to move on ASAP before the death spiral becomes irreversible

    3. Kedar says:

      I think you are Arteta…
      Writing on this blog by changing name..

      1. Mohsan says:

        @kedar, you made me laugh with that comment. The way Jon keeps defending Arteta and just overlooks all the flaws can only be justified by one of the two theories one you presented. second he has some how invented the time machine and gone into future to see Arteta achieving his so called greatness.

    4. Dboy says:

      Totally Agree!

  2. Abdul iliyasu salifu says:

    Sack him to save the season and the club.sack him to make things easier for the next coach.He put his trust in the wrong players.

    With these performance we will sink even deeper. Zero point from the next 5 fixtures.You dont need to be a soothsayer to know this.I have supported Arteta from day one but now enough is enough.

    #Save Arsenal.

  3. Gurrosco says:

    Some mentioned that he has lost the dressing room. If true, then there is no point in keeping Arteta. He should go immediately.

    If we ever touch bottom 3 zone, he should go.

    If we are still in relegation battle in February, he should go.

    If we finish in the bottom half of the table at the end of season, he should go.

    Resign, fired, whatever. Nothing against the man, just not good enough. Admin should do a poll on Arteta.

  4. Gunna4life says:

    enough with Arteta, he is not ready nor to blame for trying his bedt with no coach experience.

    Kroenke went for cheapest option proposed by his incapable board who should take responsability and resign.

  5. siamois says:

    More excuses “if covid hadn’t happened” well it happened and every team had been affected and has had to deal with it! Making excuses is not helping the situation quite the opposite actually what MA needs is a wake up call and to ring the changes there is no shame in admitting he got it wrong and move on in a different direction that’s what frustrates me with him his unwillingness to try something different and give other players the chance to prove themselves and sticking with underperforming players!

  6. Adajim says:

    I think he is working on something, yesterday I saw a better team with good work rate and hunger.
    I think he needs time, seems the players are finding it difficult to adjust /adapt to his new system, it’s obvious he changed the system from last season and he is yet to get it right.
    I wish we support him to get it right and I hope that happen sooner

    1. siamois says:

      Adajim I respect your optimism but work rate and hunger should be a given at this level it’s not like they are playing for fun is it?

  7. Sue says:

    London moving to tier 3 is highly likely….

  8. khaly says:

    Arteta is a mediocre coach who has little to offer. Arsenal will never qualify for champions league with him as a coach. The earlier he is sacked, the better.#artetaout

  9. Samson Afolayan says:

    The problem with this squared is very obvious every team now know that this team can’t penetrate through a open door, everyone know that xhaka Wii find Tierney who in turn will run to the byline and cross the ball to whom it may concern, this team needs at least three very good half wingers imagine what a team like this could do in the pl Leno, bellerin,Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, partey,. Grealish, aoura, son, auba, saka.

  10. Sue says:

    We’ve drawn Benfica

    1. Gurrosco says:

      This should be very different to the group stages

  11. Samson Afolayan says:

    Buy us. son, grealish , aoura at any cost

    1. Mark says:

      Son???

      Come on man..Lets be realistic.. In what universe..

    2. Sean says:

      Really? SON?

      Who in their right mind would leave Spurs for Arsenal right now esp with Mourinho there. A known Winner everywhere he goes, that’s what we needed and still need.

      Grealish yes I agree but £100m, no thanks! Aouer is on his way to PSG and he wouldn’t want to come to us as would another big player atm. Partey must be wondering what the hell he has signed up for!

      Get Allegri in. Give him funds and let him do his work. Experienced winner at the highest level and players will want to play for him. Going to take alot of money to get us put of this hole through a new manager, funds for players and hard work getting rid of the wasters we have atm unless Massemino can change their attitudes.

    3. jon fox says:

      Samson, You first supply the magic money tree then!

      1. SueP says:

        Well of course Jon that is the very big question
        I’m sticking with Arteta but I’m not as sure as you. It has been difficult at times.
        As long as this slump doesn’t become a total disaster I think he can turn it around but at what point do the board intervene if he can’t get the team firing again?
        I fully appreciate that at board and ownership level the club has been run diabolically and this will take time to get back on an even keel. It’s easy for some to forget that what has been rotten at the top is still holding back progress. It isn’t fixed by magic

        1. jon fox says:

          Typical Sue P DEEP CONSIDERATION AND FINE PERSPECTIVE. I value your always thoughful comments Sue!

    4. Mohsan says:

      A win here or there will just be paper over the cracks. It will just mask his inability to manage a club of Arsenal level. The problem is not only results but look at other bits of his management as well. Poor tactics, sticking with same players n setup when it is clearly not producing results, booring football, too much control freak, already has picked fights with almost 5 Arsenal players that too of different age and generation and unlike Pep preferred work horse type players over talented ones. He is a one time cup wonder and he has already rod his luck in FA cup. All these claims about him being successful is hypothesis, while the facts out there point in opposite direction. I don’t see any example in world of football of a manager who started off like this and achieved greatness later on. There are 4 main arguments in pro Arteta

      1) our record against the big four has improved…not a fact we still lose to them on regular basis in league. In cup games anyone can beat any one. With a single victory over Liverpool and Man city in FA cup does not mean we have started to give them fight on the field..look what happened in league matches after those FA cup wins.

      2) we won at old Trafford after 14 years….yeah but we also broke two other records at home. Lossing to Lecister after 30 odd years n also loosing 4 consecutive home matches since 1959.

      3) he has improved our defence….yeah when you play defensive football of course you will concede less but then again fact our team does not even have the best defensive record in league at the moment. We have already conceded 15 goals in as 12 matches how is that a defensive improvement. Even if we accept it for argument sake. He has made our attack exponentially poor, at the end you need both attack and defence to win the games. We are still loosing points. Which is better having a better attack and oksh defence to win games or having poor absolutely poor attack but better defence but not earning points. You need balance.

      4) not supported in transfer market…I don’t know what we want from owner to go out there and buy Ronaldo & Messi in one transfer window. Even then we have spent net £443 million in last 5 seasons. We just splashed £45million on a single player in this pandemic where teams like Barcelona and Madrid have struggled. Not to mention we bought Mari, Cedric, Gabriel M and signed Willian on high wages as well. If he needs a star studded line up to prove his managerial credentials then he is not a capable manager is he? Any one can do the job then why do we need him. So we should spent £200 million something to win us a FA cup? There are a lot of other managers out there who have proven their worth more then Arteta with less budget n players then him like Hen ten and nigellesman. Even Brendon Rogers has out performed Arteta with such a small budget and team at licester.

  12. Highbury Hero says:

    Yes we can and yes we should.

  13. Sean Williams says:

    It’s becoming clear Arteta is not up to the job. Watching the team try to play out from the back, like a deluded Man City, was heartbreaking and comical at the same time. It looked identical to how Emery tried to get us to play. We are the chumps/laughing stock of the Premier League world. There is a very simple solution. A good manager….Potch, Nagelsmann or even Brendan Rogers. ‘If things don’t change, they stay as they are’. That could mean booking train tickets to Barnsley and Rotherham.

    1. Matt says:

      Bosz is another coach, currently top of the Bundesliga with Leverkusen. Likes good football and was at Ajax too, experienced.

  14. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    First of all, if there be any group of players uprising at Arsenal against Arteta their manager to the point that such an uprising seemingly against him has culminated to the current poor performances that the club is going through in the Premier League to have lost 7 games out the 11 that the Gunners have played this season.

    But I will implore the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke not to sack Mikel Arteta because of any players power uprising silently devised and selfishly motivated against him at the club.

    Rather to sack Arteta, the club owner and the Arsenal board should support him to deal with any player or players who have instigated the uprising against him and the Gunners who have given their supports to join the instigation fostering it not minding to put the good fortune of the club in the PL into serious jeopardy.

    For, there is not fire without smoke as they say. Arsenal is too big a club side to have lost 7 out 11 in the PL this season. Even the blind person who cannot see would now must have seen despite been blind that Mesut Ozil is the brain behind this current state of on the field misfiring that Arsenal are suffering from this season in the PL.

    It is either one of two things that Ozil has done as retaliation against Arteta for not including him in the Arsenal summer team registration lists for the ELC and PL competition lists this season.

    Firstly, as a conspiracy theory, Ozil with the Arsenal players who are in his support might have cleverly stirred up a silent revolt against Arteta to make him fail in the PL so as to punish him for banning him Ozil from the team.

    Secondly, or he has taken to a voodoo power casting the doom spell on Arteta to be failing in the PL for Arsenal this season pending when he is reinstated into the team to resume playing for Arsenal.

    1. Armoury says:

      What has Arteta done to Arsenal that during this difficult times some fans still trust him? As a player or coach, Arteta has never done remarkable things to be protected whilst the team is on the verge of relegation. Do we really want to sacrifice the club for a mediocre coach?

      1. Mohsan says:

        @Armoury, 👍…well put

  15. ahmad73 says:

    The question is whether the board will dither again. Our next five games don’t fill me with any optimism about getting a win. We could well be closer to the drop zone after these games. Arteta’s brand of football has been as effective as a fart in a windstorm once he has been found out. Arteta OUT!

  16. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    First of all, if there be any group of players uprising at Arsenal against Arteta their manager to the point that such an uprising seemingly against him has culminated to the current poor performances that the club is going through in the Premier League to have lost 7 games out the 11 that the Gunners have played this season.

    But I will implore the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke not to sack Mikel Arteta because of any players power uprising silently devised and selfishly motivated against him at the club.

    Rather to sack Arteta, the club owner and the Arsenal board should support him to deal with any player or players who have instigated the uprising against him and the Gunners who have given their supports to join the instigation festering it not minding to put the good fortune of the club in the PL into serious jeopardy.

    For, there is no fire without smoke as they say. Arsenal is too big a club side to have lost 7 out 11 in the PL this season. Even the blind person who cannot see would now must have seen despite been blind that Mesut Ozil is the brain behind this current state of on the field misfiring that Arsenal are suffering from, this season in the PL.

    It is either one of two things that Ozil has done as retaliation against Arteta for not including him in the Arsenal summer team registration lists for the ELC and PL competitions this season.

    Firstly, as a conspiracy theory, Ozil with the Arsenal players who are in his support might have cleverly stirred up a silent revolt against Arteta to make him fail in the PL so as to punish him for banning him Ozil from the team.

    Secondly, or he has taken to a voodoo power casting the doom spell on Arteta to be failing in the PL for Arsenal this season pending when he is reinstated into the team to resume playing for Arsenal.

  17. hungrygooner says:

    Arteta went far as he can with the current squad
    yes ,maybe he will be a successful manager one day, I wish him the best.
    It wort a try, winning two cups already, however his time is over at AFC.
    I think We need a big name manager who can shake up the team and attract above average players.

  18. RSH says:

    When he left out Saliba it should’ve been obvious he is woefully inexperienced. And to a degree arrogant. Imagine telling Saliba he isn’t cut out for EPL yet when he was playing in Ligue 1 against Neymar just a few months ago. He sticks with bad players, hasn’t changed tactics at all this season, has lost control of the players… I’ve had enough personally. Anyone who still wants to keep him is purely living off the hype he came with that he would be the next Pep or whatever. Sorry, but nothing he’s done is close to Pep. Had a good cup run and really nothing more than that. Any manager can go on a cup run. If you fail in the league this badly, you’re not ready.

  19. towny254 says:

    Look ARTETA was told he would NEVER get the Man/City job even if and when PEP left that is when he applied for the Arsenal job

  20. hungrygooner says:

    The Saliba saga is another mystery , why pay around 30K for a player and leave him out, it don’t makes any sense.
    MA gave too much trust to certain players as they let him down for sure.

  21. Goonster says:

    I think Arteta is done.
    If we can’t win our home games against small team then where are we going to get our next point?

    This is so bad.

  22. Reggie says:

    For my two pennies worth, i would like to be realistic and see Rafa Benitez at Arsenal. He is a coach/manager who is top top class and knows how to bring a football club together. Im pretty sure unlike some names, he would be attainable and probably up for the job also. I wanted him in before Emery and i wanted him in to replace him. The guy has a fantastic CV.

  23. CFArsenal#10 says:

    @samuel
    Arteta has dug his own grave. In an age where players have all the power he chose to play with fire.
    Multiple examples of antagonizing players here and his latest statement ” I will destroy whoever leaked this” goes to tell you what a vindictive asshole he really is. He would have fared a lot better if he protected his players like most smart managers will do. He thinks he is too smart and if he has not lost the dressing room he is about too.
    The signs are there. We said this before Arsenal is too big of a club for a rookie and it holds true.
    We need a world class manager with excellent player management skills , proven winner that everyone can look up to and backing from the club to allow for recruitment/weeding to go thru.
    The season is done and dusted. Hopefully all the mess we have created for ourselves taught us a lesson.
    BTW does anyone think that we all the bs Arteta put some of these players thru that any marquee/quality players would come here?
    We will not see another French starlet even look this direction after Saliba and Guendouzi and no German top notch players will even consider us after Ozil. These players have a lot more influence than anyone thinks and Partey maybe the last big name we got for a while. OMG what a mess!

  24. Mohsan says:

    For rest of the season bring Guss Hidink to make something of the season that Arteta has destroyed then next summer go and get a proven manager who has a track record. Atleast If it does not work then we can turn around and say it was a logical decision instead of gambling.

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