Smith believes Arteta must not give in to weakness

Sat 19 December 2020 | 13:25

Following his replacement rumors with Allegri, Smith believes the Spaniard must prove he’s the right man for the Gunners.

According to Alan Smith,



Mikel Arteta

must show no sign of weakness following the recent rumors of giving his position to the former


coach, Massimiliano Allegri. The Gunners continue to struggle under Arteta’s the management by having the worst start of the

Premier League

campaign ever.

Though there were no announcement made by Arsenal on replacing their coach, Smith believes the Spaniard must prove he’s worthy of his place on the team.


told the

Evening Standard


“As an inexperienced boss finding life difficult just now, the Spaniard will quickly find out if he's got the backing of his players, particularly senior ones more willing to speak out.”

“Because when results go against you, when the going gets tough, footballers start to complain. Nothing new there. That has always happened. But the modern day player holds a lot more sway. They are indeed more powerful as independent entities earning serious money.”

“In addition, it's an open secret among football agents that Max Allegri, the Italian coach who enjoyed great success at Juventus, is being recommended as Arsenal's next manager.”

“Not by the club I should stress, but by outside forces who want to capitalise on a difficult moment for the young manager. They seem to think Allegri would stand more of a chance, what with his years of experience in Serie A.”

“To survive situations like this, Arteta needs unequivocal backing from those above. The management structure, led by chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and possibly including Stanley Kroenke's son Josh, must take decisive steps to publicly support their manager to avoid his authority getting undermined. Those recent words of support from Edu, the technical director, are a start but not enough.”

“In tandem, Arteta has got to make clear to the dressing room who's calling the shots, who's actually in charge of this listing ship. Because if players sense weakness, attitudes can swiftly change. Respect for the boss starts falling away. That's why Arteta's message must be clear and strong.”  

source: SportMob