Arsenal technical director Edu is convinced the club have a bright future in store under Mikel Arteta – but patience from Gunners chiefs is already wearing thin amid their nightmare start to the season.
The Gunners descended into full-blown crisis on Sunday night, with their 1-0 slip-up against Burnley handing them four straight league defeats for the first time in 61 years.
It has been their worst start to a top-flight since 1974/75, leaving them just five points clear of the relegation zone down in 15th place.
However, Edu remains fully behind the Arteta project in north London and insists Arsenal are in safe hands.
“Mikel is doing a great job,” he said.
“It's normal and easy to be driven by results. But I can see the future, see where we go and the way we are building things on a daily basis. Everything here is right, everything here is working.
“How many young players have started to get opportunities and perform quite well in the first team?
“I can see a big and beautiful future. It's very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that's the way I see the photo.”
Though according to football.london, Edu’s unwavering faith in Arteta will count for very little if Arsenal fail to start picking up points sooner rather than later.
While KSE and the Kroenke family are said to have full faith in their current manager, that is not expected to last forever – and they are not prepared to wait months for him to turn their form around.
Arteta is understood to no longer be on speaking terms with David Luiz, while a number of players were unhappy with his public berating of Nicolas Pepe following his sending off away at Leeds last month.
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Losing the dressing room often proves a fatal blow for managers; it is almost an impossible job to get players back on side once they have become alienated and angered in large numbers, and reports suggest more and more Arsenal stars are becoming disillusioned with Arteta’s management.
That is clearly showing on the pitch right now, with Wednesday’s outing against high-flying Southampton a potential make-or-break encounter for him.
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