Arsenal Street worried about Mikel Arteta figures as Chelsea fire and hiring policy thrives
Chelsea’s two-goal triumph over the Gunners marked Mikel Arteta’s 20th Premier League defeat as Arsenal manager in what was only his 60th game, underlining the gap between standards between the two London teams .
This unfortunately highlights the shaky expectations of the club that were once so high at Highbury and the Emirates, but more worryingly, the acceptance of mediocrity as the Gunners move away from heavyweights.
Despite having enjoyed a successful four-game unbeaten streak against the Blues until yesterday, Arsenal have struggled to compete with Chelsea in a Premier League season.
Arsenal have only finished over West London twice in the past ten seasons, hiring three different managers without winning a league title. Meanwhile, Chelsea have employed ten managers and won three league titles, highlighting the success of the hiring and firing policy implemented at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have enjoyed a much healthier injection of funding into the club than Arsenal since 2010/11, spending £ 1.53bn on player arrival fees compared to £ 970m for Arsenal.
Unai Emery and Arteta both received competitive funding, but not funding for the title, but their tenures were overshadowed and suppressed by the ongoing politics in the boardroom, leading Ian Wright to denounce ownership of the club.
Wright, a recognized and trusted voice of Gunners fans, said the Kroenke family were “unfit to lead” Arsenal following the failed European Super League breakaway attempt.
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The Gunners’ two-time FA Cup winner spoke about the ‘Kroenke out’ protests, which were still ongoing in preparation for the clash against Chelsea, with supporters saying football.london that they felt “abandoned”.
Speaking on Dazn, Wright said: “I’m with them. I made it clear what I think of the owner. I think they are right to be out. The manager’s statement also, the fans have it perfectly. the right to be out there saying what they say. “
He continued: “The KSEs are not fit, for me, not fit to run the club, not fit to own the club. We heard Josh Kroenke say they weren’t selling the club – and I wouldn’t expect not for them to do it, that’s a huge cash cow to them. “
While Chelsea’s recruiting and hiring strategy is not entirely welcomed by all football fans, it is a proven policy that is quickly becoming the new business model for many Premier League teams. .
He puts the desires of the fans and the club at the forefront of their concerns, as opposed to a project which has seen Arsenal’s principles shift from winning league titles to simply accepting Europa League qualification.
Speaking to Forbes magazine following the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard, Roman Abramovich defended his stringent demands that ultimately saw his club become European champions.
Abramovich said: “The ambitions are as true now as they were when I first became the owner and I hope this will show through the work we have done on and off the pitch during over the past 17 years. “
“I think the trophies speak for themselves and show what we have been able to accomplish as a club over these years and it is my goal for us to keep winning trophies and building for the future . “
The Blues owner went on to detail the importance of meeting performance standards, which may hint at Chelsea’s handling of foreign head coaches at Arsenal.
“[Chelsea’s culture is] resolutely performance-oriented, ”said Abramovich. “It is united, inclusive and diverse at the same time. Both are essential to our success and one does not work without the other. “
While not all clubs can afford the exorbitant fees that Chelsea have paid in the past to Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, just as the Blues used the 3-0 loss to the Emirates in September 2016 as a turning point, Arsenal must use the defeat on the side of Thomas Tuchel in the same way.