Mikel Arteta knows he will be “judged on results”, says Nigel Winterburn, with the Spaniard being backed to pull through the pressure that is mounting on him at Arsenal.
More shrewd transfer business was also said to have been carried out, with the likes of Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey mixing youth, experience, graft and guile.
Old habits die hard, though, for Arsenal and inconsistency has become an issue once again.
The north London giants are off to their worst start to a season in 39 years, with catch-up already being played in the race for top-four finishes in the Premier League.
Questions are inevitably being asked of Arteta as a rookie manager desperately seeks a winning formula, with the 38-year-old learning quickly how difficult life at the top can be.
Winterburn admits that Arsenal are doing their boss few favours at present, but he believes the right man is at the helm to deliver a reversal in fortune and become a better coach along the way.
The former Gunners left-back told FreeSuperTips: “Mikel Arteta isanew managerwith very limited experience. I like what he’s trying to achieveatArsenal, butmost people would agree that this isgoing to behismosttricky period so far.
“He’srealistic, he knows that he’s judged on results, particularly the way that we reportthings now, especially with social media,punditrypodcasts,every game is analysed.It’s so stringent, andhe knows ifthis poor formcontinues, thepressurewill mounton his shoulders.
“He has tolearnon the job here at Arsenal, and this involvesgoingthrough periods wherethings are notplainsailing. From my point of view,I wish we were winning every gameandsittingtopof the league.
“IfArtetacan comeoutthe other sideof this difficult period,it will allow himtodevelop as a manager,andtell him a few things abouttheplayersthat he’sgot at thefootball club as well. It’s not justhim, it’s down to the playersalsoto try different thingsandcome up with the right combinations.”
Part of the problem for Arsenal appears to be that they do not know which system and personnel suits them best, with Winterburn eager to see Arteta revert back to a five-man defence.
He added: “When Mikel Arteta first cameto Arsenal, heselectedaback five to make us more stabledefensively, buthispreferred option isactuallytoplay withabackfour.However,I’mnot convincedArsenalaregood enough to play with a back four.
“It’snot only about the backfour,it’s alsonot being sureabouttheprotection in front of thedefenceas wellas the midfield combinations of late.
“I still believe when ThomasParteycomesback,we’regoing to be significantly stronger.Although people talkofhim as aholding midfield player,we’vealready seen in a couple of games thathe’sable to take the balloff thedefence fromdeeppositions and get us moving forward, quicker.
Source : goal.com