Arsenal hierarchy continues to back Arteta


Arsenal top management insists that they are still behind under-fire boss Mikel Arteta despite the Gunners’ fourth consecutive home loss against Burnley this past weekend in the Premier League clash.

The club’s technical director Edu Gaspar has put on record that the Arsenal hierarchy remains fully behind the under-pressure manager in spite of being stranded in 15th position in the Premier League log standings. This is the club’s worst start to a season in the English top-flight history since 1974/75 season.

“I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future. It’s very strange to say that at this moment, but I have to be fair – that’s the way I see the photo. And I always believed, and I knew it would be a big challenge,” Gaspar stated.

“We have to be patient. I know asking for patience for Arsenal is very strange because everyone has said that for long, long periods.

“But I’m here today to give to you guys the word that everything is fine internally but the results aren’t coming, but I think we’re going to change it very soon.”

Gaspar further said that this might not be what the fans want to hear. However, he believes that after 22 years under Arsene Wenger, change was always going to be a difficult process.

“Since I arrived here I knew it would be a challenge. If you see how many changes we had in these years. I really understand when you have a massive man here like Arsene Wenger and then we change to a new coach who started quite well and then we changed Unai Emery,” says the club technical director.

“I think the club needs stability right now, we have faced so many changes. It is not about Edu, Mikel, it is about stability. Now is the time to try and be a stable club in the old sense – externally and internally, we need that.

“It’s normal and easy to be driven by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we go, the way we’re building things, I’m sure we’re going to be fine in the future.”

Gaspar also cleared the air about the rumours that there are growing divisions in the camp.

“I see the players, everyone believing in what we are doing, and that’s the message. I started to hear from the outside, by the press, ‘players have a problem, some of the players not believing in Mikel, Mikel and David Luiz not talking.’ It’s not right,” he adds.

“Nothing happened like people are saying and I don’t want that kind of thing to build externally to something which is not true internally. I want people to understand that what we are doing here, we are in the process to have a beautiful future.”

“We have a quite interesting future in the club when you are talking about these players – we have a beautiful future,” he says in conclusion.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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