goonersid wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:25 pm
A mate actually told me last Thursday, that he’d heard, Arteta had told Kroenke, he wanted more say in transfers and had basically told hom it was him or yer man that got sacked today!
If that’s the case then fair play to Arteta - he wasn’t my choice by any means, but I think he is tactically astute and has a clear vision of what he wants on the pitch and the players he believes are the right fit to do that and therefore should be allowed to have his shopping list rather than be given players chosen by Raul / Edu or whoever.
There were reports that it was Arteta as a player, who orchestrated our away win 2-0 at City a few years back when the players overruled Wenker.
I can also recall a home match v West Ham when everything, and I mean everything, was being played up to Andy Carrol ( up against Koscielny I believe) to chest down and lay off again and we simply could not cope, Arteta dropped deeper, played just in front of Carrol and completely shut down that option for them - I have no idea If he did It of his own accord or was under instruction, but he did it very effectively.
It’s hard for me to think of Arteta as an Arsenal great, I view him much more as an Everton player, despite the fact he played here for a few years and captained the club to FA cup victory ( and now mirrored that as a manager , which is no mean feat ) On the pitch he was far too cautious, playing backwards and sideways passing for my liking.
However, he is our manager for the foreseeable future, has already won a trophy, and looks like he is shaking up the first team, which has needed doing for years ( Emery started to as well to be fair ), by all accounts he has somehow become an Arsenal man during his short stint with us, so I wish him well and every success
but he will need the backing of not only the board and staff here but most importantly Kroenke with the financial backing to put us back in the upper echelons.