Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has called for patience over manager Mikel Arteta as he expressed confidence that the Spanish boss can steer the Gunners through a “transitional period” in a short time.
Mikel Arteta has been hailed for helping to transform the Arsenal team as the effect is now being seen in their performances but the last couple of games seem to be casting doubt over the ability of the former Man City assistant manager, especially after the last 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa.
The North London outfit are now 11th on the log which makes them nowhere close to the top of the summit. Fans are beginning to express concerns that it could be the usual seasons that are known for the last couple of years.
Cesc Fabregas has called for patience as he expressed his belief that the fellow Spaniard is still trying to assemble a squad in his own image.
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“Listen, it’s a transition period,” the ex-Arsenal midfielder told 90min . “Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time. The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.
“I know it’s very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it’s a process. Sometimes it’s difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there’s pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You’re on the spot every single day.
“He’s trying to find his team. They have [Dani] Ceballos, they have [Granit] Xhaka, now they’ve added Thomas Partey from Atletico, who’s a very good player as well. They have Willian, they have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – top, top players, that’s 100 per cent sure.
Maybe they still need a little bit more time.”
Cesc Fabregas also noted that Mikel Arteta was in Barcelona and knows what it means to win in addition to his managerial credentials.