Lampard is aiming for the top while Arteta desperately needs a lift
Battle of the old-boy bosses! Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is aiming for the top of the table and a Premier League title challenge but things are far from rosy at Arsenal with Mikel Arteta in desperate needs of a lift amid slump
- Frank Lampard’s managerial career is going from strength to strength at Chelsea
- Mikel Arteta meanwhile made a promising start as boss at former club Arsenal
- He won the FA Cup last season but this season has been full of nightmares
- Both are intent on finding success in the treacherous game of management
Ten Premier League places and 11 points separate Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta and their respective teams.
Lampard’s managerial career goes from strength to strength as the 42-year-old plots a challenge for the title.
Arteta on the other hand, despite the most promising of starts, is more concerned with the bottom of the table than the top.
Frank Lampard’s managerial career at Chelsea continues to go from strength to strength
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on the other hand is more concerned with the bottom of the table
On Saturday, the two fledgling coaches meet in a crucial London derby, both intent on finding success in the treacherous game of football management at the clubs where they shone as players.
That weight of expectation sits significantly heavier on Arteta’s shoulders now.
His opening eight months in charge were so promising. An FA Cup triumph, a Community Shield win plus victories over Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea had Arsenal supporters dreaming.
A run of one win in 10 top flight matches have turned those fantasies into a nightmare.
Arteta’s first eight months in charge were so promising, as it included an FA Cup triumph
But a run of one win in 10 top flight matches have turned fantasies into a nightmare
Arsenal remain fully invested in Project Arteta and sources claim, despite their slump, that his job is safe.
Drop into the bottom three, however, then that robust support could evaporate.
‘The next seven to eight days are going to be crucial to see where we’re going to be heading to in the Premier League,’ Arteta admitted.
The Spaniard’s problems don’t cease there. Factions in the dressing room are getting harder to negotiate with and satisfy.
‘At the moment to keep the team together, the team alive, and to be a team rather than a group of players, at the moment it takes a lot of energy,’ said Arteta
‘When you are losing football matches you have to lift them up and you have to get them together. You have to get them to be positive to each other, to try to not start blaming any external factors or any individuals when things are not going well.
‘The best thing to do when you are like that is to have the possibility to do things outside our site. Get them together, change the environment, but at the moment we can’t do that.
‘We are not going to be able to do that for a while, so we have to find other ways.
‘I don’t make any excuses. I think I’ve been very clear in many moments that we are losing football matches. That is my responsibility to put that right and regardless of what happens, it’s been us.
‘It’s been us that have let ourselves down and it’s down to us to change that. I don’t think I have ever used an excuse.
‘Mistakes, errors, whatever happens, I will support them until the last day.
‘Of course they have to play on the pitch and put in the performances. We are here to help them as much as possible, and we have to accept that at the moment it’s nowhere near enough.’
Lampard insists his search for success is the same challenge at Chelsea as it was at Derby
Lampard insists his search for success is the same challenge at Chelsea as he faced when he started his managerial career at Derby.
But he adds: ‘To slightly contradict myself on that, because I love the club (Chelsea) so much I probably put a bit more weight on my shoulders.
‘It probably doesn’t affect me too much on my day to day work because I do get consumed by the job. But having been a fan of the club, a person of the club I really want to have success on a professional level but also because of the attachment I have to the club if that makes sense.
‘I’d like to see it (that attachment) as a positive and l like to see it as me working as hard as I can to bring success to my own club.’
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