Gallas offers brutal assessment of Arteta’s reign and suggests perfect replacement

Date published: Friday 18th December 2020 1:21 - Matthew Briggs


William Gallas believes Mikel Arteta’s lack of experience is becoming a problem at Arsenal and thinks Patrick Vieira is the ideal man to replace him.

The Gunners poor start to the season has piled the pressure on Arteta, just a year after he replaced Unai Emery.

The Spanish coach has admitted results have not been good enough, but has said “when you are shaking things up, things can take a while”.

Arsenal sit in 15th place and have scored just 11 goals in 13 Premier League games. It’s their worst ever start to a season.

Questions are starting to be asked of former Man City assistant boss Arteta. Gallas thinks the 38-year-old is out of his depth.

Just three years spent assisting Pep Guardiola at Man City is now looking like an obvious weak point of Arteta’s, according to Gallas. And he thinks Vieira is the man to steady the ship at The Emirates.

“What’s going on at Arsenal? It’s a question I think everybody has asked this season. I don’t know the answer. I think maybe the issue at the moment is that Mikel Arteta is not the right manager,’ Gallas told Ladbrokes.

“For me he doesn’t have that experience to manage a big club. I was surprised when he came in, to be honest – even as Pep Guardiola’s assistant – you need experience as a manager to come in to a club like Arsenal.




“You need to know how to manage 24 players. All the pressure is on your shoulders and you make all the decisions. Some players will be upset that they aren’t playing and it’s something you need experience in dealing with.

Lack of respect?

“If you’re managing a side and the players you’re starting don’t perform well, the players who are on the bench will be upset. After a few games the players who aren’t playing will end up being frustrated.

“And maybe those players don’t respect the manager anymore. Especially if that manager doesn’t have experience. If it was Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger, you will respect their decision because they’ve all done something in the past. But Arteta hasn’t.

“If I was a player at Arsenal now, I think it all depends on whether you’re a young player or a more experienced name. The young players will respect Arteta, but the players who have more experience, maybe not.

“The players who aren’t getting into the team will be saying to themselves, ‘OK, I’m on the bench, we haven’t been getting good results; what’s going on? Why am I not playing?’ And it will start from there.

Vieira the man for Arsenal

“When they chose Mikel Arteta to come in and replace Unai Emery. In my mind Patrick Vieira was the name I thought they should have gone for.

“I don’t know how close he was or if he was in the running at all, but I was surprised they didn’t even mention his name. ‘Patrick has more experience than Mikel, because he’s managed in America and he spent time at Nice.

“So when the Arsenal board decided to pick a new manager I thought Patrick would get the call.

“He was captain of Arsenal and he knows the club very well. Patrick was the right guy then. If they have to sack Mikel Arteta, they have to choose Patrick Vieira to replace him. I’m sure all the fans would love it.”

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