Ray Parlour identifies Mikel Arteta’s ‘hardest job’ at Arsenal

first_imgRay Parlour thinks man-management will be Mikel Arteta’s ‘hardest job’ at ArsenalMikel Arteta’s ‘biggest’ and ‘hardest’ job as Arsenal head coach will be man-management and he must not be afraid to ‘upset’ certain players. That’s according to club legend Ray Parlour.The 37-year-old Spaniard spent five years as a player at Arsenal, captaining the club and winning two FA Cups before retiring in 2016 to work as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.There have been major concerns about Arteta’s lack of experience in top-level management but Arsenal’s hierarchy are convinced that they have made the right choice.With the team currently languishing down in 10th in the Premier League, Parlour ‘admits’ the Gunners have made a ‘gamble’ with their appointment.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/everton-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2074552/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, he believes the situation at Arsenal could hardly get any worse after a dismal start to the campaign under Unai Emery and interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Of course it’s a gamble. He was a great player, but he has no experience as a manager,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.‘But then any manager is gamble at this stage, they can’t get this wrong!‘I’m sure he can [improve Arsenal’s defence] you want Manchester City’s structure when they lose the ball, they work hard off the ball and they have certain players in certain positions who do their job. Fernandinho is the one who dictates winning the ball back and Arsenal don’t have that at the moment.‘I’m sure Arteta will be looking at that straight away and say “the first thing we will do is defend better as a side, not just as a back-four, but as a unit, as a team”.‘That’s what he has to work on if Arsenal are going to get back to winning ways and try and close the gap on the top-four.’ Ray Parlour identifies Mikel Arteta’s ‘hardest job’ as Arsenal head coach Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil have both been linked with moves away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Parlour has urged Arteta to follow the lead of Arsene Wenger and Guardiola and be ruthless with certain players when necessary.‘Certainly reconnect with the fans, but going forward his biggest job and hardest job is being a man-manager,’ Parlour added.‘Being a number two, you’re everybody’s mate. You haven’t got to pick the side, you’re in the dressing room chatting with the lads like you’re still a player but you’re still next to the manager and feed back to him.‘But now you’re the manager you have to make big decisions and you might have to upset certain players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s the hardest job, to get the right balance between upsetting player and leaving them out and trying to still keep them on your side.‘It’s very difficult to do. Arsene Wenger was a master at that.‘I’ve never crossed paths with Arteta, but Wenger has said good things about him, he made him his skipper.‘I’m sure if he’s learned a little bit off Wenger and Guardiola and how he deals with players on a daily basis, then he’s got to bring that to Arsenal now.’Will Arteta succeed at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla react to Mikel Arteta’s appointment at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 9:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link355Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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