A key decision made around two years ago could be a big reason for Arsenal’s spiralling descent into their current crisis.
The Gunners have made their worst start to a league season in 46 years this term, and sit in 15th place in the Premier League.
There have been calls for Mikel Arteta to be given the boot – but any level-headed person can see the issues go much deeper than the current manager.
In fact, you have to go back to September 2018 to pinpoint exactly when things started to slip at the Emirates Stadium.
Exit stage left Ivan Gazidis – who was offered a role by AC Milan – enter stage right a game of backroom musical chairs.
Alongside losing their CEO, just months before Arsene Wenger had called time on his Arsenal career, leaving things behind the scenes in turmoil at the club.
Raul Sanllehi left things entirely in Vinai Venkatesham’s hands this summer, who has been fumbling along this season with technical director Edu at his side.
The Athletic question whether these were the best appointments – or just the most convenient ones.
There are also question marks over the decision to change Arteta’s job title from head coach to manager, and whether that was really necessary to a man who was barely a few months into his first gig.
Arsenal technical director Edu recently gave Arteta his backing, insisting the Spaniard was still the man to lead the club in their next chapter.
Edu said: “I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future. It’s very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that’s the way I see the photo. And I always believed, and knew, it’d be a big challenge.
“We have to be patient. I know asking for patience for Arsenal is very strange because everyone has said that for long, long periods.
“But I’m here today to give to you guys the word that everything is fine internally but the results aren’t coming, but I think we’re going to change it very soon.
“I think the club needs stability right now, we have faced so many changes. It is not about Edu, Mikel, it is about stability. Now is the time to try and be a stable club in the old sense – externally and internally, we need that.
“Since we arrived here we have been changing, changing, changing, now is time to be stable and together at the same time.”
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