Sven Mislintat urged the Arsenal hierarchy against hiring Mikel Arteta back during his time at the club, according to the Independent.
The famed German scout left the club back in February 2019 after a disagreement over his role at the club.
The Spaniard was hired as the club’s head coach last December and had his role upgraded to manager during the off-season after winning the FA Cup.
Should Arsenal sack Arteta?
I’ve previously voiced my opinions over the former Manchester City coach’s negative tactics which has led them to their worst start to a top-flight season since 1981/1982. However, I have seen enough to suggest the Spaniard should get more time to impress as manager of Arsenal.
You don’t beat the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea on the way to an FA Cup title by accident. Arteta has shown he has the style of play that can take the Gunners back to the top. Where he trips up is the personnel at his disposal.
I don’t think it’ll be stretch to say over 70% of the current squad need to be replaced given how badly they’ve performed during their time at the club. The likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka have been at the club since Arsene Wenger’s time but have yet to stamp down their authority with the former proving inconsistent and the latter still making the same mistakes since he joined.
It’s hard to imagine that three managers were all the reason why a group of players haven’t performed up to standard. At a point, you have to stand up and admit the personnel available aren’t up to the required standard.
If Arsenal are to succeed sacking Arteta is not the way to go. The Spaniard needs backing more than ever now during a tough period and whatever Mislintat’s reservations are, the side must not let it sway their decision.