It is Edu’s Inexperience at the root of he problems at Arsenal – Arteta is not blameless but needs better tools


The man to blame?

It is depressing writing and talking about the current state of things at Arsenal, a manifestation of years of neglect and lack of leadership, if you like, direction on and off the pitch. It has not a palatable admittance that Arsenal’s recent performances has been part of different factors that throws a spanner into the works as far as my weekends leisure times go. I wouldn’t tell you the other one.

Until some few days ago, I was one of the proponents within the Gooner family who believed that Arteta should be excused from his role as Arsenal manager, but a careful and sustained perspective of everything left me with a lingering question all the time – “sack the manager, and then what?”

I agree that there is very little evidence of managers at top clubs in similar situations where the coach is given a longer time and ends up turning things around. It is true that most managers or coaches at top clubs like Arsenal would have been shown the door by now. In fact we just had the news that Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by PSG, someone who could we argue to be doing a better job than Arteta relatively. But then again, we cannot exactly say that Arteta has been afforded the needed recruitment on the playing front, to help him succeed.

Except for two or three additions, these crop of players who Arteta is working with and who are involved in the poor showing in the league this season, have been the constant in the club’s struggles for the past few seasons. Something that has resulted in three (3) managerial casualties. The recruitment of these players and the subsequent handling of their contracts has been so bad that almost every one of the people who were in charge have been sacked including Raul Sanelhi, Dick Law, Hus Fahny etc. and dare I say it, Edu should also be hooked for that same reason. Sacking Arteta with everything still the same as they are right now will only amount to the problem. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

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Bad hiring for key roles evident

I have been consistent in echoing the belief that the Kroenkes have been the central issue as far as the club’s problems are concerned, but let’s face it, they are not leaving or planning to do so anytime soon. So how then do we tackle the issues at hand both on and off-field and turn the fortunes of the club around, with the Kroenkes still in charge?

I believe strongly that to get things back on track, a conscious and gentle revolution is needed both on and off the pitch. Going forward, I do not think Edu Gaspar should continue as Director of Football. He might be a club legend with a charming personality, but it takes more than that to deliver successfully in his job. It is obvious that he hasn’t got the required experience, vision and the strategic and technical nuance needed to get Arsenal out of this dire situation. In fact, going by the work he has done so far, it would suggest that things are only going to get worse if he continues. From the signing of Willian on a 3-year deal, to giving Cedric Soares, a back-up right back who is on the decline, a 4year contract, to sacking every one of our scouts, not to mention the inability to shift out unwanted players in the squad. His failure has shown big time, with the unbalanced squad, a complete squad mismanagement that has culminated into lots of holes in the team and a gross inefficiency of the team.


Really Edu?

There is so much evidence that the kind of rebuild required to get us out of this mess, cannot be masterminded by Edu. We need an experienced and a successful Football Director like Ocampos, Monchi, Rangnick etc., who understand and know their way round the modern game and have built successful squads before. The ideal person would be Rangnick but we all know Arsenal doesn’t do ideal. We also need a working management structure consisting of a Chief Executive ( not Vinai) who knows the game, a good contract negotiator together with the Football Director and serious backing by the board and owners for the manager, be that Arteta or whoever it is.

Look, I agree that Arteta is blamable and at fault for some the problems on the pitch but majority of the issues resides with the Director of Football, the leadership and owners alike. This is the time we need leadership and ownership of responsibility. The squad needs trimming and the bad blood in the team needs draining. Majority of the players (about 70%) needs to be cut off, even if it means paying off some of them. It is clear that those underperforming players are having toxic and knock-on effect on the rest of the squad.

The situation is so dire to the extent that I believe strongly that any manager, under the same atmosphere, whether Arteta or a different person, will fail miserably. We cannot continue to plaster paper over the cracks and hope not be found out, because the cracks will eventually show and it won’t look pretty.

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6 Responses to It is Edu’s Inexperience at the root of he problems at Arsenal – Arteta is not blameless but needs better tools

  1. Grandad December 24, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    I think you have hit the nail on the head.I have been advocating for Edu to be taken to task for weeks and the final straw was the performance of Runnarson against Man City.Edu clearly is unaware that there are dozens of very decent keepers in the English Leagues who would be able back ups for Leno.I am sorry for Runners on who is clearly out of his depth but the man who signed him is the guy responsible for the debacle and he should be made accountable for his incompetence.

    • Emmanuel December 24, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

      There are several things wrong at AFC,from Kroenke to the board to Edu and Arteta. But the only one issue that can be rectified immediately is the manager’s position. Arteta has been dreadful and absolutely deserve the sack.

      Edu, while not entirely blameless, is not the manager. it’s the managers job to get the best out of the players at his disposal and in that regard, Arteta has failed woefully. This group of players never went below 6th Under Wenger and Emery.

      The thought that Arteta has to have ‘his players’ in other to implement his system is complete bullocks. Ralph Hassenhuttl has so’ton shooting for top 4 with a bottom-half squad. It’s really isn’t hard to tell if a coach is doing a good job. Just look at what other coaches with less resources are doing.

      Also it’s ridiculous to suggest that if a proper manager comes in, nothing will change so we should keep Arteta. On the contrary, I think a new coach would boast the morale of the players cause it seems to me like some of the players have given up on Arteta and his rubbish tactics.

      The sooner Arteta goes the better. I reckon he will be gone after the Brighton match.

  2. jjgsol December 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Emmanuel, I agree with you., but why wait until Brighton? That could be another 6 points down the drain.

    The dithering of the powers that be is extraordinary. I simply cannot believe that they intend to keep Arteta and thin that he can turn things around,

    The job of a manager is to manage. He has failed in this miserably and the sooner he goes the better.

    • Emmanuel December 25, 2020 at 3:08 pm #

      unfortunately, the board are quite slow in making decisions. It took them years to figure out they had to move on from Wenger.

  3. MAXCAT December 25, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

    It starts right at the top. Merry Christmas

  4. Ray December 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

    Arteta has fix the defence, still top 5 of the Premier league in terms of goals against but dreadful bottom 6 in terms of goals scored. The attack is too slow and counter attack which helped with FA Cup missing as William and Pete and Xhaka slow down the pace for opponents to regroup and less shots at goal. There are few inspiring players but we need to realise that most goals scored against us are run of play and fast counter attack before we can group, which we don’t do well. Recruitment of dead legs are issues David Luiz, Cedric, William, even now Ceballos are all below par with Xhaka and erratic Pepe. Ray.

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