Arteta insists he has full backing to ‘shake-up’ Arsenal

Mikel Arteta insists he still has the full backing from the Arsenal hierarchy to continue his “shake-up” of the club.

Arsenal head to Everton on Saturday in desperate need of a win after their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1974.

Arteta’s side currently sit 15th in the Premier League, just five points above the relegation zone.

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But the Spaniard insists everyone at the club is behind him as he attempts to navigate through a difficult spell.

“Well I said it from the start, that I felt really supported by the owners [the Kroenkes], by the board, by the technical director [Edu] and then by everybody that is at the club,” said Arteta.

“Because at the end of the day it is a feeling that I feel with the staff, with the coaches, with the players – who are the most important ones.

“What chemistry do you have with them? What understanding do you have? Do they follow you? Do they believe in what you are trying to do?

“And I always have to say thank you, because I haven’t seen anything that goes against what we are trying to do.


“But, it is like anything, in this industry you need the results. But after a big shake-up, we need to find stability and in order to do that we need time.

“We all knew, at least the people that made the decision with me to start this new project, that this wasn’t a quick fix and it was going to take time. And when you are shaking things up, things can take a while.

“I think it has been one of the most challenging years of the club’s history for many, many different reasons,” he said.

“I think that we have made a lot of progress and we have implemented a lot of positive things that have worked really, really well.

“We have gone through structural changes all across the club, that obviously has shaken the club big time.

“I would say the highlights of this year are the two trophies that we have won together. And the most disappointing thing is that we haven’t had our fans with us to take us through this difficult moment.

“I think it could have been a really, really positive year – but the recent form in the Premier League is taking the gloss off what we have done in a calendar year.

“But we have to accept that the Premier League form, in recent weeks, has not been good enough for this football club.”


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