Mikel Arteta has received unwavering support from the Arsenal hierarchy to lead the club to a “big, big, big and beautiful future.”
Arsenal technical director Edu has insisted the club remains fully behind the under-pressure manager despite being stranded in 15th place after the worst start to a season in Premier League history and since the 1974/75 season.
But Edu says there is no question of Arteta’s position being under threat as Arsenal need “stability” and the club remains convinced they have the right man in charge.
Edu said: “I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future. It’s very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that’s the way I see the photo. And I always believed, and knew, it’d be a big challenge.
“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.
“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.
“Since we arrived here we have been changing, changing, changing, now is time to be stable and together at the same time.”
Edu could not have been more clear in his message that, despite the run of bad results, there is no talk internally of him having a set number of games to turn things around or running out of time.
Arteta took over as manager a year to the day this coming Saturday and their faith in him as a coach remains as strong as it was from day one. This was not a vote of confidence on the back of Sunday’s defeat to Burnley, but an interview arranged last week to offer support.
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“The way I see things is very simple,” said Edu. “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.
“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.
“Then Mikel came, so Mikel started. I knew it would be challenge, it’s not easy. But again the way we’re driving, the way we’re going, is making me believe a lot in the future.”