Arsenal made a ‘mistake’ with Arteta’s appointment, Gallas said

Former Arsenal captain William Gallas believes the membership board made a ‘mistake’ by bringing in Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard spent 5 years as a player within the Emirates earlier than returning as manager in December 2019.

In his first full season on the helm, Arsenal finished eighth within the Premier League with 61 points.


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Previous to his appointment, 39-year-old Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant City of Manchester.

Talking in regards to the manager, Gallas said: “Arteta was not but ready to manage a membership like Arsenal.

“Okay, he was an assistant coach at Manchester City. However he by no means managed a team. It is utterly completely different.

“The board made a mistake in selecting it. I am positive he’ll be a great manager however you want expertise to manage a big membership.

“To be trustworthy, it is an actual disgrace for Arsenal followers after finishing eighth.

“Arsenal just isn’t the identical Arsenal we knew 18, 20 years in the past. We had players who had been sturdy with sturdy personalities. ”

The Gunners failed this season’s Europa League qualification by 4 points. David Moyes guided West Ham to a powerful sixth place finish, whereas Leicester City dropped out of Champions League locations on the final day and ended up fifth.

Arsenal rivals from north London Tottenham, who defeated the final weeks with no manager, secured seventh and a spot within the inaugural Europa Conference League.

Arteta will now look to enhance his squad this summer time as he targets the top six subsequent season.

Arsenal lacked high quality all through the season and might want to bring in constant players to enhance their fortunes.

They’ve been closely linked with Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. The Gulls are price round £ 40million and have been tipped for a A ‘top greenback’ move by pundit Jamie Carragher.

Bissouma could kind a stable partnership with midfielder Thomas Partey, ought to the Gunners get a deal over the road.

Arsenal are additionally wanting ready to bid for it Norwich playwright Emi Buendia. After failing of their efforts last season, Buendia produced one other stable marketing campaign in 2020/21.

He registered 32 goals in 39 video games as Norwich secured a right away return to the top flight.

Signing Bissouma and Buendia would assist Arteta construct on this season’s European failure.

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