Mikel Arteta will be looking to get Arsenal pushing up the Premier League table when football returns and Paul Merson believes the Gunners are helped by having a manager who is “no Tiger Woods”
Mikel Arteta will eventually get Arsenal ticking because he’s content to “work from the ground up”. The Spaniard was appointed as Gunners boss back in December but has a serious rebuild job at the Emirates.
And Paul Merson has claimed “Arteta is no Tiger Woods” and reckons the former Manchester City No 2 will be given plenty of time because the north London club know they cannot realistically challenge for the top honours.
“I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta,” he said in his Sky Sports column.
“ Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it’s actually almost impossible to get that many players in.
Arsenal’s expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he’ll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and he’ll want to work with younger players.
“He’s not a Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I’d call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys – they’re just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.”
Arteta may also have no other choice but to work with his current crop of players.
The 38-year-old would have been keen to recruit some new faces this summer, but the uncertain caused by the coronavirus pandemic could have a huge affect on spending.
Merson though believes the lack of recruitment is a positive because it tests coaches in different ways. “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they’ve got to make these players better,” he added.
“I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.
“For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It’s all well and good buying £80 million players all the time. “Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you’re coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn’t worth £80m.
“The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren’t will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”