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Arsenal chief Edu has sent Mikel Arteta sack message to agents


Arsenal chief Edu has reportedly told agents that he has no desire to sack Mikel Arteta at the current moment in time. The Spaniard recently guided his side to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, giving the Gunners a much-needed win in the process. However, talk of Massimiliano Allegri, Thomas Tuchel or Brendan Rodgers moving to the Emirates Stadium continues to rumble on.

Arsenal have endured a chastening season under Arteta, with the north London giants amassing just 17 points from their opening 15 top flight matches.

Amid their struggles, they’ve been linked with several managers from around the world.

Allegri remains available following his departure from Juventus in 2019, with the Italian currently learning English as he prepares for a new role.

Tuchel is now on the market having been sacked by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas eve. Mauricio Pochettino is widely expected to be named as his replacement.

And Rodgers has previously been of interest to Arsenal and, having worked wonders at Leicester, has been tipped to take over.

However, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed Edu has told agents privately, as well as publicly, that he has no plans to sack Arteta at the current moment in time.

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“Arsenal chose for weeks to defend their coach Mikel Arteta,” he wrote for CBS Sports.

“The win against Chelsea has restored serenity and tranquility to a coach in a difficult situation given the recent poor form for the Gunners.

“The board, along with director Edu Gaspar, has reiterated both publicly and privately to the agents they’ve met with the following: They plan to move forward with Arteta as he is the right man for the Arsenal project, and that they don’t intend to change coach at this time.

“A very clear choice that was rewarded given the result against Chelsea. Arteta remains strongly protected by the club.”

Arteta has admitted to questioning himself amid Arsenal’s dire form, but feels he’s become all the more stronger for it.

“I question myself every day,” Arteta said.

“But since I arrived here, first of all I had to analyse really well what is happening, what we can and what we cannot do.

“And I have adapted much more than probably what I thought I would when I took the team, because there are certain things that I think are much better for the qualities of the players that we have, and other things that probably we are not prepared to do yet.

“Obviously we have to adapt because at the end of the day we have to make life as simple, as clear, and as efficient as possible for our players when they go onto that pitch.”

Arteta also admitted he was thrilled by the performances of young Arsenal trio Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli after their Boxing Day win over Chelsea.

“I think there’s a message within the squad that everybody’s important here, everybody’s here to contribute, and everybody’s useful,” Arteta said.

“It doesn’t matter if you are young or a senior player, everybody’s here to contribute.

“And I think it’s a great message for everybody that when we have to rely on them, we know that we can rely on them and we don’t have any doubts about them.”

Arsenal are next in action against Brighton on Tuesday (6pm).

And they’ll be looking to avoid a repeat of what happened at the Amex Stadium last term, with Brighton winning 2-1 when they met back in June.





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