“There has been progress” Former Gunner makes a very bold claim about Arsenal

Kevin Campbell says progress has been made at Arsenal this season even though it doesn’t look like it has.

The Gunners ended the campaign outside the European places, the first time in over 20 years.

That just concluded season is a new low and shows that the Gunners have been regressing since Arsene Wenger left.

The Frenchman only finished outside the top four in one of his seasons at the helm and the club felt they weren’t making progress with him anymore.

They have appointed two managers after him and it seems they have regressed greatly from last season when they won the FA Cup.

They will now look to fight back and return to the Premier League’s top four next season.

Campbell has urged the club to back Mikel Arteta in the next transfer window and added that while it doesn’t seem obvious, the Gunners made good progress this season.

“I’m pleased Josh Kroenke was there,” he told Football Insider.

“Whatever incidents are happening, with the protests and stuff, if you are the owner or part of the ownership team it is only right that you are there.

“I think he was there for other reasons as well. I am sure there were discussion in the background with Edu and Arteta. They need to know where they are going to go this summer.

“The way the season finished, there are a lot of Arsenal fans who think no progress has been made but I can assure you it has. I know it doesn’t feel that way right now but the last 24 or so games there has been progress. Arteta has taken a lot of flack so you have to give him praise when it is due.

“This is a huge summer for the football club. We know there was a bigger picture in him getting certain players out of the dressing room. Ever since he has done that the form has picked up.

“The Kroenke’s need to open the cheque book, the time is now.”

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20 Comments

  1. Dan kit says:

    IMO by end of November we will be out of contention for top 4 ,fans will be toxic and everyone will be calling for his head .
    Which means any funds spent on transfers this summer will be wasted and more mess for the next manager to clear up ,a never ending cycle .
    We have made 2 calamitous appointments since Arsene we can not afford third one .
    Telling how our so called big six rivals have already started their business ,and looking like spending proper money as well .

    1. Reggie says:

      The only blot on Emerys CV was Arsenal, the rest of his career has been one of winning trophies at big and unfashionable clubs. Emery was on the face of it a brilliant appointment but for reasons that are for debate (mine is translation) he ended up with egg on his face. Well he certainly put egg on everyone concerned with Arsenal and winning the Europa league 4 times is a fantastic achievement, even our great manager couldn’t win any European trophy. Emery has proved and will prove he is a top coach but probably only in Spain and who knows maybe Barca, Real or Athletico in the future.

      1. SueP says:

        It then rather limits his job prospects
        As for his language difficulties it doesn’t seem to have harmed Bielsa or Poch
        I have no problem at all with Emery but something very murky was going on behind the scenes if he was unable to get 4th The cup was a one off and could have gone either way.
        He would be a very good fit for Real or Barca

        1. Dan kit says:

          Sue a lot of managers have translation Problems ,it’s only Emery or
          His fans I’ve heard use it as an excuse to why it didn’t work out here.

        2. Reggie says:

          Bielsa has won what Sue in the prem and Poch likewise. Poch even managed to get pipped in the french league, the one that Emery won.

          1. SueP says:

            Ok
            We can all score points but neither Bielsa or Pich have suffered particularly. I cannot give language as an excuse for Emery
            What I can say is Emery was diligent and successful ore and post Arsenal but no body has given a proper reason or his demise here

      2. Dan kit says:

        @Reggie ,I’m sure if Wenger had 20 seasons in the EL we would have won a few .like I’ve said before the only club I’m interested in is Arsenal and he failed here just as Arteta is doing that’s why i said they were both bad appointments and TBF bigging up a manager because he won 4 EL trophies shows how are standards have dropped in recent times .

        1. Reggie says:

          Dan i know you are only interested in Arsenal, that isnt the point, its fans recognising Emery wasn’t/isnt a bad coach and he bloodied the nose, no broke the nose, no knocked out our coach, with an inferior team. Thats what good coaches do and he is.

        2. Dave28 says:

          Emery was unlucky in a sense as he had some sort of a plan in the early days but then had to accommodate the toxic dressing room and though we had a fantastic run to the EL Final things were falling apart behind the scenes and our PL form in late 2018/9 mirrored that horrible final in Baku. Always disliked that awful German speaking Balkans-Turkish clique in the dressing room and so happy they are nearly all gone especially the lazy thieving bug eyed one who mocked Emery when was taken off in the EL final.

    2. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      as you’re well-aware I don’t share your opinion regarding Emery, as he’s only really to blame for choosing to accept a position with a team in complete disarray, as they had no succession plan whatsoever, who likewise made no sense tactically-speaking, but I do share your concerns regarding this window and next season…I’m just not convinced that our novice manager, who seems to be exhibiting the same problematic egoistic and micro-managing traits as our former longtime manager, has the requisite acumen or fortitude to do what is right and/or necessary to turn the corner…furthermore, his propensity to tinker, combined with the way he’s mismanaged many of our most promising prospects, makes me worry about what he might do that could detrimentally impact our future, should Arteta get sacked by Xmas or after next season

      1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

        btw direct towards DanKit

        1. Dan kit says:

          That’s my biggest worry giving him transfer funds to sign players which the next manager will have no use for ,an endless cycle which it is looking like it could continue for the foreseeable ,and like you said his biggest failure is his constant tinkering and not have a clear game plan game from game ,not knowing your strongest 11 in 18 months is unforgivable .

          1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

            what if he kept or bought players that he felt would selfishly help him, like he did following last season, instead of making decisions that took into consideration the future betterment of the club as a whole, then sold off some of our younger assets to raise funds for said short-sighted purchases…he could likewise further undermine the relationship between some of our prospects and the club, due to his own actions or lack thereof, like with Saliba and Willock, to the point where they wanted to move elsewhere, even if Arteta was subsequently dismissed

            there’s just so many problematic possibilities in the offing, considering the circumstances, that I worry if he gets this wrong again we’re years away from mattering again…just imagine the toxicity around the club should that happen

            btw I totally agree with the whole best 11 gig, as it was one of my pet peeves during Wenger’s latter years…he would hardly ever start our best players together and when he did he would oft-times chose tactics that required certain players, like Ramsey and Ozil, to be shoehorned in out wide

      2. Vernon says:

        You took the words out of my mouth. We need an experienced coach. Even if it’s just a stop gap appointment for now.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I wouldn’t call Emery calamitous. He wasn’t that bad

  3. Rfrancis says:

    What progress? It would be interesting to know the criteria used by KC to measure progress. I guess failure to qualify for Europe in 25 yrs, 8th position in the league and the 22% loss in club value (in just 1 year) do not matter.

    1. Dave28 says:

      Emery was unlucky in a sense as he had some sort of a plan in the early days but then had to accommodate the toxic dressing room and though we had a fantastic run to the EL Final things were falling apart behind the scenes and our PL form in late 2018/9 mirrored that horrible final in Baku. Always disliked that awful German speaking Balkans-Turkish clique in the dressing room and so happy they are nearly all gone especially the lazy thieving bug eyed one who mocked Emery when was taken off in the EL final.

      1. SueP says:

        You were more graphic than me but I support the general drift

  4. Reggie says:

    Kevin Cambell ” there has been progress even though it looks like there hasnt” HaHa you are a sandwich short of a picnic. There doesn’t look like there has been progress because there hasn’t you drongo.

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