Arsenal technical director Edu has provided under-fire manager Mikel Arteta with his full backing following their disappointing start to the season.
In a rare and wide-ranging interview, the Brazilian administrator stressed the need for stability at the Emirates following nearly three years of upheaval following Arsene Wenger’s exit.
The former Gunners midfielder addressed the club’s plans for the January transfer window, a return to the Emirates Stadium for Arsene Wenger and the issue of Mesut Ozil’s role at the club.
Arsenal technical director Edu (left) has given under-fire boss Mikel Arteta (right) his backing
Here’s what Edu said:
On what’s gone wrong since last season…
That’s the main question, isn’t it, if you see the way we finished last season and the way we started this season. It’s very strange to be where we are right now. Nothing really changed massively.
Since Mikel joined here we’ve still been working the same. But again, it’s people being driven by the results.
Mikel is doing a great job, he is really doing well here. Players believe, the staff are enjoying it, everybody believes and everybody tries to be positive here on a daily basis.
The Gunners have endured a disappointing start to the season which leaves them in 15th
So nothing has really changed, just the results since the Aston Villa match – we started to perform in a way we’d never performed before. But if you see the last two results, probably the last three, it’s on the very small details that we lose.
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.
On how important is it to support the manager…
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. If we’re not talking about patience with Mikel it would be very unfair to him.
Because what a year we have faced. Pre-season challenges, three months without any football matches, a lot of things changing in the club.
And I want to tell the fans because the way we’re working, the way we’re building something here at the training ground, I see the players and everyone believe in what we’re doing.
Ex-Gunners midfielder Edu insists the club needs stability and will back Arteta (pictured)
On the January transfer window…
That’s a good question, thank you very much. I will say why. Why we don’t talk about something externally. We are here to solve the problem. We have the team, we have the squad, we have the manager, we have the staff, everyone in…
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