A risky decision
The decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as manager at the end of the previous season after winning the FA Cup as the club’s head coach was one which caused concern externally. Arteta is an inexperienced coach, the title of manager was not even appointed to previous coach Unai Emery during his stint at the North London club.
“He is doing a great job of coaching the first team and that’s his primary responsibility, but there is so much more that he can bring and that’s why we’re making this change, in recognition of his capabilities and also the job that he’s doing already,” said chief executive Vinai Venkatesham at the time of Arteta’s promotion.
“So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together.”
There is no doubt that Arteta is a promising figure in the coaching world and has shown that with his FA Cup victory and the improvement of several players in the Arsenal setup. Yet, the decision to appoint him manager after such a short amount of time and little evidence was certainly a risky choice.
Arteta’s the boss
Worrying reports emerging from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that the ownership of Stan and Josh Kroenke, aka KSE, ‘panicked’ when making the decision to appoint Arteta to his more recent managerial role.
The report also claims that Edu, the technical director, was previously the man with the power to fire Arteta should he feel the Spaniard was not achieving his targets and the club should move in a different coaching direction. But with the promotion of the Spanish coach, it is now claimed that supposedly he has the power over the Brazilian executive and has a direct line to the ownership regarding many major decisions that can be made at the club.
The previous manager Arsene Wenger was known for having huge amounts of control at the club and having a hand in a wide variety of roles from the academy all the way up to transfer recruitment. But this power was counterbalanced with the Frenchman’s experience and knowledge of both football and the club itself. Arteta does not have these qualities yet anywhere close to the same level and to have the power he reportedly does is one for concern should things begin going badly.
Arsenal already had a tricky start to the season and it looked for a time that’s the Spaniard could even lose his job but with this recent revelation from Mundo Deportivo, his job appears much safer and secure than expected.
Although, theoretically, could the troubles which Arsenal have had be attributed to the additional roles which Arteta must now undertake? His focus spread too broadly and missing the attentions to detail he would have comfortably been able to control as head coach. An evaluation will need to be made upon the season’s outcome.
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