Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is hearing nothing but “positive” news about Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard took charge of the north Londoners last December following the board’s decision to relieve Unai Emery of his duties as manager.
Arteta’s appointment at the Emirates helm didn’t end up changing the team’s fortunes in the league, with his troops ending the 2019-20 campaign in eighth place.
The former Gunners midfielder did, however, guide the north Londoners to FA Cup glory, with his side beating Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-finals and final respectively.
Although Arsenal have had a few setbacks this season, Arteta’s philosophy is slowly beginning to take shape.
Among those who have been keeping track of Arteta’s progress in north London is Fabregas, who was replaced by his fellow Spaniard at Arsenal in 2011 following his move to Barcelona.
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And the Monaco ace likes the direction his side are going at this moment in time.
“They have a new project, I believe what Mikel [Arteta] is doing is nice. The players are fascinated by how he came in and changed the training ground, the methodology, how he prepares for games…
“He makes it easier for his teams to understand how to attack, how to defend – I like his ideas, all I’m hearing is positive.”
Arsenal suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break, a setback which has prompted questions over Arteta’s starting XI.
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I like his ideas, all I’m hearing is positive
Cesc Fabregas on Mikel Arteta’s reign at Arsenal
The setback is of no major concern to Fabregas, who believes Arteta is trying to figure out his best starting XI following the Gunners’ recent acquisitions in the transfer market.
“Listen, it’s a transition period,” Fabregas told 90Min said. “Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time. The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.
“I know it’s very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it’s a process.
“Sometimes, it’s difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there’s pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You’re on the spot every single day.
“He’s trying to find his team. They have [Dani] Ceballos, they have [Granit] Xhaka, now they’ve added Thomas Partey from Atletico, who’s a very good player as well.
“They have Willian, they have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – top, top players, that’s 100% sure. Maybe they still need a little bit more time.”
Arsenal will be back in action a week on Sunday, travelling to Elland Road to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
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