With Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge of Arsenal and Everton respectively we debate which club have made the smarter decision, which group of fans should be more excited and which managerial appointment will work out best. Harry Symeou was joined by Simon Alavi and Dan De Luca.
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Host Harry Symeou was joined by TalkSPORT producer Mike Stavrou to discuss the news Arsenal are close to naming Mikel Arteta as Unai Emery’s successor. We also discuss the embarrassing defeat Arsenal suffered at the hands of Manchester City and react to the Europa League draw.
Host Harry Symeou is joined by fellow Greek Kostantinos Lianos of the Daily Express to discuss the rumours Freddie Ljungberg has lost the faith of the players, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in fact the front-runner to replace Unai Emery and why the appointment of Marcelino would cause uproar.
According to multiple reports Mikel Arteta is now the front-runner to succeed Unai Emery as the Head Coach at Arsenal. Funny that, because we were told the same thing last time and out of the blue a former Paris Saint-Germain boss turned up with his dossiers (a fat load of good they did) and stole the position from right under his nose. Very sneaky, sneaky indeed!
At this stage, I’d still advise caution in regards to taking these reports as gospel but seeing as that’s what’s hot at the minute we may as well discuss it.
Is Mikel Arteta the right man for the job?
Seeing as he has NEVER managed any side it’s impossible to know for sure and there would undoubtedly be an element of risk in appointing somebody so inexperienced – even if he is a former Arsenal captain.
Yes, he’s been working under arguably one of the greatest coaches of our generation but unless you’re a fly on the wall you couldn’t possibly know how much influence he’s had on the success at Manchester City in recent seasons.
I take great encouragement from the fact Pep Guardiola was adamant on having him work alongside him but some people are just better suited to being number two’s – take Steve Clarke, the current Scotland boss for example.
We will be looking at Arteta’s credential’s in greater detail during one of this week’s podcasts but I guess my scepticism around this potential appointment is a consequence of how far we’ve fallen from where we need to be more than it being a lack of faith in the Spaniard’s ability to manage a football team.
The club’s demise began during the final years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure but the decline has accelerated since his departure. Arsenal are in free-fall and my personal opinion is that we simply cannot afford to take a gamble on the likes of Arteta because he is a ‘cheaper option’.
Planning for the longer-term isn’t a bad thing generally but given the way things have gone this season it’s likely we are going to spend a fourth season (next season) staring through the metaphorical railings with envy into the Champions League promise land.
Now isn’t the time for a gamble, Arsenal are in desperate need of a stabiliser and that can only be someone with experience, who is tactically astute and somebody whom the playing staff will believe in instantly.