The latest defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Quarter-final has added onto the pile of underwhelming performances by Arsenal this season. Although youngsters were predominant on both sides, the difference in quality between the teams was quite evident.
The poor run of results has Mikel Arteta’s position come under intense pressure as the club languishes in 15th position ahead of the festive fixtures, starting with a London derby against Chelsea. Chelsea legend Petr Cech, who played for Gunners from 2015 to 2019 has asked the Arsenal board and fans to back the manager during this tough period.
Cech, who shared the dressing room with Arteta at Arsenal feels the club and players should back the Spaniard to produce a turnaround. Speaking to talkSport, the former Arsenal goalkeeper said “It’s hard for any manager when results don’t go your way and then you try to change the way the team play or the philosophy of the football. When you start to change a little bit it needs time. As well to implement that faster you have to have everybody believe in it, you need some results as well.“
“As soon as you are on the football pitch knowing you’ve won three on the bounce you don’t worry less about what’s going to happen you just worry about your game, you just go on and suddenly you go ‘oh this works, that works“.
“It’s a lot about confidence. At the moment when you hit the wall this is the moment when you need everybody to pull in the same direction and help you out. ‘This is the hardest part in football because it’s easy to suddenly say this is not working and do something else but you can’t do that all the time.”
“But of course in modern football it’s the results that count and at the end of the day you need to find your balance to have success and the way you do it.“