Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has no doubts over his ability and maintains he will prove he is worth the position at Emirates.
Arsenal suffered a painful semifinal exit from the Europa League and are in real danger of missing out on European football next season for the first time in 25 years but Arteta is adamant he is the right man for the hot seat.
“I wouldn’t be sitting here if I couldn’t. You will see it. It’s not about talking; it’s about showing it on the pitch,” the former Everton midfielder is quoted by Sky Sports.
The 39-year-old however admits he is under pressure to keep his job as speculation around his future intensifies.
“I feel the pressure all the time because I want to do as good as I can for the team, for every support that I have here and for the fans. I think everybody’s job is under scrutiny,” says the Spaniard.
Next season will be Arsenal’s fifth on the bounce out of the Champions League, and the manager says it is time to be “ruthless” as he prepares for a squad overhaul in the summer.
“We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years. We have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do,” Arteta is quoted by the Telegraph.
Mikel Arteta says the time has come to be "ruthless" as Arsenal prepare to overhaul their squad this summer.
"We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years… We have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do." #AFC
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Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin has leaped to the defence of his manager and compatriot, terming his exit talk as ‘unjust’.
The team has made massive improvement under the former Manchester City assistant manager among them winning the FA Cup and Community shield, and remains the right man to take Arsenal back to winning ways, according to Bellerin.
“So unjust. So unjust. As I say, we have to, as players, take responsibility for this because I think we all know that Mikel and his coaching team give us all the tools that we need to win all the games. I think how he (Arteta) changed the dynamic of the team and the club straight away – he was amazing to get two trophies straight away,” the 26-year-old said in an interview with beIN Sports.
Arsenal lie 9th on the EPL log with four games left to play and are at home to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.