Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is doing “a great job” and the club have a “great and bright future”, club technical director Edu said.
The Gunners have made their worst start to the season in 46 years.
Before Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley, they hadn’t lost four successive top-level league games since 1959.
Yet even though the team was hooted By the 2,000 fans in attendance, senior sources insist that Arteta enjoys unequivocal support throughout the club.
And, as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has offered a resounding endorsement to his former assistant, Edu says he’s certain Arteta is on the right track.
“Mikel is doing a great job,” said Edu, CTO since July 2019.
“It’s normal and easy to be motivated by results. But I can see the future, see where we are going and how we are building things on a daily basis. Everything here is right, everything here works.
“How many young players started to have opportunities and perform well in the first team?
“I can see a big and beautiful future. It’s very strange to say that right now, but I have to be fair – that’s how I see the picture. “
Arsenal have taken one point from their last five league games and four from their last eight, and slipped to 15th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.
After replacing Unai Emery in November 2019, Arteta beat Manchester City and Chelsea on their way to winning the FA Cup for a record 14th time.
They also beat Liverpool in the Premier League, EFL Cup and Community Shield during Arteta’s tenure, and beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on November 1.
However, they haven’t won a domestic game since then – and their winner that day, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, hadn’t found the net either until his own goal sentenced Arsenal to a new defeat on Sunday.
“He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with and seen directly,” Guardiola said of Arteta.
“I don’t have to give my support publicly because he knows he has it. Sometimes a club needs time when it comes to a time when it’s not so good.
“I have no doubts about his quality and his ability to put Arsenal in the place Arsenal deserve to be. There is no one better to lead the club this year and beyond. “
Arsenal will be looking to make signings next month, but Edu is adamant their squad are good and that it is up to individual players to take responsibility for the overall improvement.
He also defended top-tier summer arrival Willian, after the 32-year-old midfielder’s below-par performance led to calls for his retirement.
“It’s only a matter of time before Willian plays as we know,” Edu said.
“Did you expect that right away?” Boom. Willian may be the best. But you need time to get to know the other players. “
“When we signed David Luiz, he said to me: ‘When I drive, most of the time my whole life, I turn right onto a road. I have experience but now am faced with a situation where I turn left. It’s quite strange coming here and I need some time to get used to it ”.
With matches against Southampton – which will be played behind closed doors after London has been placed in third tier of UK coronavirus pandemic restrictions – and Everton ahead of a Boxing Day meeting with Chelsea, there is an easy way out of Arsenal’s current predicament.
But Edu promises to be by Arteta’s side every step of the way.
“We have been facing so many changes, now is the time to try to be a stable club in the old sense – externally and internally – we need it,” he added.