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The Tottenham star has dismissed concerns about the head coach’s future at Emirates Stadium despite his recent poor form.
Mikel Arteta is Europe’s most exciting young coach, according to Tottenham defender Eric Dier, who believes the Gunners are still in good hands under the Spaniard.
Arteta will celebrate a year in charge in the Emirates later this month, a period in which he has seen him deliver the FA Cup and Community Shield to raise hopes for a bright future in North London.
Yet the 38-year-old is approaching that anniversary under pressure after a listless set of recent results.
After starting the campaign with back-to-back wins, Arsenal have lost five of their last eight Premier League matches to fall to 14th in the table before this weekend’s North London derby at Tottenham, with their loot of 13 points in 10 games his lowest points count at this stage of a Premier League season.
Dier has jumped to the defense of the former Everton midfielder and thinks the Gunners are simply enduring a little trouble.
“They’re going through a difficult period but these games don’t really matter who’s on the table,” the Spurs defender said. Sky Sports.
“We know how difficult the game is going to be. The position at the table is irrelevant. It is early in the season for both teams.
“They have a lot of quality in their team. They have a very exciting young coach. The most exciting young coach in Europe without a doubt. I like his form, the way he seems to be. I think they are in good hands.”
“We know they have a lot of quality in their squad and we will be very aware of that on Sunday.”
In stark contrast to Arsenal’s struggles, Tottenham comes to the top of the table for this weekend’s game and without a league loss since the first weekend of the season.
Dier, however, is not getting carried away by the team’s good start, insisting that what matters is who is the best at the end of the season.
“We know there is a lot of work to be done, there is a lot that we must improve,” he added.
“We have to keep moving in the direction that we are going and also understand that there will be difficult times and be prepared to handle those situations.
“It’s easy when things are going well, but when things get worse, we have to be prepared to handle those situations. The only thing that matters is who is first in May.”