Arteta comments on Arsenal transfer plans ahead of January window
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Arsenal will not reach the top level under Mikel Arteta and will have to replicate Chelsea’s route to success, according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan. Arteta has led Arsenal to fourth in the Premier League after spending more than any other club in the summer transfer window. But Jordan believes the Spaniard is only a temporary measure at the Emirates.
Arteta has been in charge at Arsenal for over two years.
He has blooded players from the club’s academy as well as bringing in a wealth of young talent.
Jordan has compared the situation to Frank Lampard when he took over at Chelsea.
Lampard was forced to field younger players when he was appointed Chelsea boss in 2019 due to the club’s transfer ban.
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He was sacked in January 2020 and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who earned immediate success by winning the Champions League in his first season in charge.
Jordan says Arsenal will need their own Tuchel to take on the work Arteta has started.
He told talkSPORT: “Ultimately, very much like I’ve compared Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel, I think Arteta will be the bit-part player who puts all the pieces around and starts to get the young players coming through and perhaps put a little bit more vibe back into the football club.
“And someone who’s a little bit more joined up and a bit more grown up in managerial roles will come along and take Arsenal to the next level, depending how committed [Stan] Kroenke is to wanting to be able to finance that football team back to a level.”
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Arteta, 39, is in his first job in senior management at Arsenal.
Jordan says there is still a level of immaturity in the former Gunners captain due to his lack of experience in the dugout.
But he is pleased to see Arsenal back competing for the top four again.
“There is [a level of immaturity] because he’s a young manager, there can’t not be,” Jordan added.
“If you’ve only been doing a managerial job for a couple of years in language terms you’re more immature than someone who’s been doing it for 10 years.
“It doesn’t mean you’re petulant or a pest, it just means you don’t have the knowledge base. I think Arteta is becoming more of his own man, I think he’s got the courage to make a decision with Aubameyang.
“It’s nice to see Arsenal back in decent nick but do I think they’ll kick on and rattle the top four? No, I think they’ll come short again.”
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