The former Gunners defender has questioned why the reins were given to the rookie coach and insists that a club legend should be named in his place.
For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta was never the right choice and the Gunners should look into getting back Patrick Vieira to the club, William Gallas says.
Back in December 2019, the rookie coach was handed the reins at Emirates Stadium.
With FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs marking notable highs during his first 12 months at the helm, Arteta has achieved his one-year anniversary in the dugout.
However, questions are now being raised about how much longer he will last in the most challenging of positions, with Arsenal off to their worst start in a bid for the Premier League.
Many consider a man’s inexperience in his first managerial position to be shown, despite a lot of criticism already being directed in the direction of those in the industry.
Gallas suggests that when replacing Unai Emery, a more experienced performer should be found, with the former Gunners defender telling Ladbrokes: “What’s going on at Arsenal?” This is a question that I believe everyone has asked this season. I’m not familiar with the answer.
At the moment I think maybe the problem is that Mikel Arteta is not the right boss. He doesn’t have the experience to run a big club for me.
When he came in, I was shocked to be honest, even as the assistant of Pep Guardiola, you need experience as a manager to come into a club like Arsenal. You need to know how to handle 25 players.
All the burden is on your shoulders and all the choices are made by you. Many players would be disappointed that they’re not playing and it’s something that you need to be able to cope with.
The players who are on the bench would be frustrated if you’re coaching aside and the players you’re starting do not perform well. The players who are not playing will end up disappointed after a few games, and maybe those players don’t value the manager anymore. Particularly if that boss has no experience.
If it’s Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, or Arsene Wenger, you’ll admire their choices because they’ve all done something in the past—but not Arteta.
If I was an Arsenal player right now, I think everything depends on whether you’re a young player or a more seasoned name. Young players will value Arteta, but maybe not those players who have more experience.
The players who don’t join the team will say to themselves, ‘Okay, I’m on the bench, we haven’t had good results; what’s going on here? Why don’t I play? ‘It’s going to begin from there.’
With the World Cup winner trapped on the sidelines, Arteta has frozen players such as Mesut Ozil out of his plans this season.
In order to stop the rot, Gallas feels that change could be needed in north London again with another familiar face open to offers after being relieved of his duties at Ligue 1 side Nice.