Rio Ferdinand Believes Mikel Arteta Has Succeeded In Implementing His Philosophy Throughout All Levels Of The Club
The Spaniard has not had the easiest time since being made boss in 2019 but a run of good results have started to convince some doubters that he may be the right man for the job.
Prior to Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, Arteta led the Gunners on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, one that saw them rise to the cusp of the Champions League places.
Now, qualification for European football next term seems like a very real possibility and the goal Arteta set of shifting the philosophy of the club appears to be nearing completion.
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“We have a long way to go in this process, to develop a lot of things that I want to implement,” he said while speaking of ambitions back in February 2020.
“We need time. I don’t want to accelerate the process and take them somewhere they cannot do because it would not be productive.
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“We have to maintain the things we do good and maybe then we have little margins of improvement that we have to aim to achieve.”
In his two seasons in charge, Arsenal have finished eighth in the Premier League both times and an improvement on that finish will be essential.
But things appear to be heading in the right direction and this week Ferdinand spoke of his admiration for Arteta and the way in which he has got the entire club to buy into his philosophy.
“I actually went to Arsenal’s training ground the other day. I did a talk with some of the under-23’s and some of the coaches there,” the former Manchester United man said on the Vibe With Five podcast.
“I got a sense that they’re all on the same page. And they’ve all got a genuine belief of where the club is going. From the youngsters, the young people and young coaches all the way up to the first team.
“And they’re in a good vein of form right now, bar their last game. So they’re seeing Arteta trying to implement a certain philosophy, a certain DNA at the football club, a certain type of recruitment.
“Before this season there was a lot of doubts surrounding players and coaches behind the scenes, bits of doubt here and there because the results weren’t coming.
“Now we’ve started to see some consistency with results, that energy changes, and I felt that energy when I walked in the training ground.”