Mikel Arteta: The Right Man for The Arsenal?

After much despair and a completely new low for The Arsenal, they have finally appointed their new successor, Mikel Arteta. Many fans and pundits seem sceptical on this, which is to be expected. Arteta’s only managerial experience is taking on the role of assistant manager at Manchester City. Let’s not let this fact doubt us on his abilities though, there are many positives to take in as well. 

Ex-manager and in many respects one of the greatest figures to ever grace Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has stated his support for Arteta. Though like many others he believes his experience may not be enough to bring Arsenal back into the elites. Although, he has described Arteta to have a very keen eye and is also a man of great intellect. Wenger made him the captain in which he went on to win one FA cup final and two Community Shields, he also led some training sessions. Basically, Arteta has been a leader at the club far before his appointment as manager. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has mentioned the importance of Arteta in his last two seasons as City’s Assistant. Also, City player Raheem Sterling has said how much Ateta has impacted his growth as a player in the short time he has been there. Maybe the same impact could be used on The Arsenal youngsters such as Willock, Saka or Martinelli? 

The Arsenal are currently a club in which its soul and sustainability are dying. Though Arteta lacks experience in this specific field, he knows the club and can bring in fresh and modern ideas the club so desperately needs. It’s a very big gamble by the board but in these current state of affairs, a gamble seems the most sensible of ideas.