09 Apr 2022 | 18:43 | Football
Arteta on Arsenal’s ambitions
Right from the middle of the season, there have been certain words of encouragement to coach Mikel Arteta from American owners. They affirmed, just standing in the top 6 strongest teams in the Premier League, Arteta’s future will be guaranteed. Specifically, the Spanish strategist was “promised” to extend the contract, which is valid until June 2023.
However, the Premier League seems reluctant to listen to promises from the Americans. Remember, last year, Arsenal spent £ 150 million for Arteta to bring in rookies. That amount is bigger than the spending power of rich teams like Man City or Man Utd. Not achieving the desired results, surely Arteta must be the first to take responsibility. According to Football.london writer Tom Canton, the possibility of Arteta facing sacking is possible if they don’t make the top four.
Even assuming that Arteta received absolute support from the owners, the bounce out of the top 4 would also bring about an incalculable consequence for Arsenal. Obviously, it will be harder for them to negotiate with rookies. Two goals – Paulo Dybala, Darwin Nunez both want to go to a big team, able to compete in the Champions League.
The Telegraph also recently reported that talented midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has one year left on his contract with Leicester, will consider choosing Arsenal or Man Utd based on his ability to attend the European Cup.
On the other hand, Arsenal is a young team and many players in their squad do not have enough minutes to play. Typically the case of two rookies Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
In his latest press conference, Arteta said of Lokonga’s case: “He played quite well in the first part of the season, but obviously when you only have one game a week because you don’t have a place in Europe, It will be more difficult to share minutes on the pitch.”
Playing in the Champions League is not only an honor and money, but also a great opportunity for young players to try and practice. To lose this arena, it means that Arteta must accept more safely with the old options and the experimentality will not be much. That would be a ticking time bomb in the Gunners’ dressing room.