The Gunners defensive player is disappointed that the Spanish coach is being asked questions, saying that at Emirates Stadium there is no quick fix.
Speculation about the future of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal is so unfair,” says Hector Bellerin, with the Gunners defender eager to see any blame pointed in the direction of underperforming players in north London.
Inconsistency at Emirates Stadium in 2020-21 remained a problem, with Arsenal recording their worst start to a season in 39 years.
Arteta, as a rookie coach at the Arsenal helm in his first full campaign, has begun to face some uncomfortable questions. The Spaniard spent only 12 months in the hot seat of the Gunners, but his tenure may not extend much beyond that point, it has been suggested.
Bellerin is astonished by the criticism that is aimed in the direction of Arteta, who he says remains the right man to pull an out-of-sorts squad out of the rut in which they have become stuck.
The Arsenal full-back told BeIN Sports of the exit talk surrounding his boss: “So unjust. And so unjust. We have to take responsibility for this as players, as I say, because I think we all know that Mikel and his coaching team are giving us all the tools we need to win all the matches.
It is always very easy to blame the coach when you lose a game, but also when the coach gives us the tools that we need to be the ones to step up.
Second to none is the way Mikel plans these games, all the knowledge they give us before we step on to the pitch.
“Sometimes, depending on the opponent, it’s not that easy, but that’s why football is beautiful. If you play the games on the [tactics] board, it’s going to be a different game altogether.
With FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs under their belt, Bellerin believes Arsenal has made progress under Arteta and says it is only a matter of time before they burst back into life.
He added: “I think how he [Arteta] immediately changed the dynamics of the team and the club-he was amazing to get two trophies immediately.”
“Apparently, there are questions, and we’re not on the best run. I have to say that when you plan to do something big, and that’s what he’s doing, changing the team’s identity, the club’s identity, changing behaviors, he’s not just trying to make changes on the pitch, but outside of it, you can’t do that overnight.
I feel that in so many areas of the game that needed improvement, the team has improved massively. Even if we don’t do so well with others, it’s all part of the process.
It takes time for everyone to get used to it when you try to implement such a big idea, and it takes time to get results, but one thing I feel is that he has instilled a trust in this team, a hunger, since he came. It’s so important to us. I always say that I’m sure things are going to get a lot better.