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The legendary former Gunners goalkeeper believes the rookie coach will live up to expectations given the opportunity to make the team his own.
Mikel Arteta was always a “big risk” for Arsenal, says David Seaman, but the Spaniard is being backed to do well at Emirates Stadium if he is given time to turn his luck.
The Gunners took a calculated risk by naming their new head coach in December 2019 following the departure of Unai Emery.
Arteta, a former Arsenal captain, returned to North London and assumed the first managerial position of his career. While he boasted of having Premier League experience in his playing days and had been working alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the 38-year-old was a rookie tactician thrown into the background.
Initial success was enjoyed, with the FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, but the wheels began to wane in 2020-21.
Inconsistency remains a problem for a team that has had its worst start to the season in 39 years, but Seaman believes Arteta will prove to be the right choice if he shows patience.
The legendary former Arsenal goalkeeper said The Target Men Podcast: “In general, Mikel Arteta has impressed me.
“When he first signed with Arsenal, I thought it was a big risk because it’s his first job and it’s a great job. After Emery and the last years of Arsene, we weren’t getting better, so for Mikel taking over was a difficult task.
“At the time I thought Patrick Vieira might have been a better option because he already had experience, but after seeing Mikel’s first press interview, I was really impressed.
“Since then, I like how it is affecting the team, but it needs to be given time off the board to be its own team.
“The game against Wolves showed that Arsenal still lack confidence and a clear idea of what is expected of them.”
Arsenal have reached the Europa League round of 32 this season, with continental progress maintained in a 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna, but a domestic spark is still being sought and the next chance to find one will come in Sunday in the North London derby with Tottenham.