Mikel Arteta’s role change from ‘head coach’ to ‘manager’ was caused due to panic from the Kroenke family, according to Mundo Deportivo.
It is being claimed by the Spanish publication that the Spaniard has to oversee tasks beyond football, like renewals and signings, that would normally have been carried out by the departed Raul Sanllehi.
The paper also claims that the changes at the club – brought on by the worldwide pandemic – has caused an ‘unprecedented crisis’ within the outfit.
Was the club right to change Arteta's role from head coach to manager?
Expanding Arteta’s role from head coach to manager seemed to hand him far more control than would be suitable. However, the summer signings combined with the turn around in form over the last four games across all competitions seems to suggest the former Manchester City man is up to the task.
If Arteta is directly in charge of picking out and targeting players in the transfer, than you’d have to trust his opinion following the brilliance of Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey, both of whom have been massive success stories.
Gabriel has transformed the side’s defence, which has proven far more solid compared to last campaign. And the African midfielder has added both quality and a towering presence that has been lacking during recent years, similar to Patrick Vieira.
Furthermore, the football is reminiscent of years gone by where the Reds would turn teams over under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger. The outing against West Brom, especially the second goal, was a throwback to the type of performances which became the norm under the Frenchman.
So, whilst it’s claimed the move was a disaster, making Arteta the manager seems to have worked a treat due to the two key aspects of the club, the signings and the football. If Arsenal can continue their great form further and snatch a Champions League place, it would vindicate the move to make the changes.