Stan Kroenke urged to offer Mikel Arteta ‘help’ as Ian Wright makes Arsenal prediction

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has been urged to offer Mikel Arteta the financial support he will need to bridge the gap between the Gunners and the Premier League’s major contenders.

The Gunners are worlds apart from Liverpool and Manchester City and have ground to make up on Chelsea, Leicester and even seemingly Manchester United since the January signing of Bruno Fernandes.

Before the coronavirus crisis shut down the Premier League, Arsenal sat ninth in the table with 40 points from 29 games – just six points ahead of 14th-placed Southampton.

But things have improved noticeably for the north London club since Arteta’s December appointment, which followed struggles under Unai Emery and caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg.

In 15 games across all competitions, Arteta has only overseen two defeats and the Gunners are far less susceptible defensively despite having the same personnel as before.

While Arsenal are expected to be short of cash this summer, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, club legend Ian Wright is confident the Londoners will continue to make forward steps under the Spanish coach.

But he has suggsted to American owner Kroenke and the club hierarchy that in order for them to get back to challenging for titles and major trophies, he needs to be properly backed in the market in years to come.

That’s because Wright is confident Arteta is the right man for the task of restoring Arsenal to former glories.

He said to SPORF: “If we’re looking at somebody as a coach with ambition and drive and determination then, without a shadow of a doubt, we’ve got the right person.


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“I think you can see that with the intensity, the energy and the passion that the players have got.

“I did an interview with David Luiz the other day and when you listen to him speak about Mikel Arteta and what he wants and what he expects and the fitness and the drive that the players now have and you can see that there was a change at Arsenal.

“People are saying we’ve drawn a lot of games but there was a change in the output of the players, the intensity, the determination to try and execute the manager’s philosophy.

“And I think, as time goes by, hopefully with help from the owners, he will be somebody that if he is stuck with – which we probably will – then we will be going in the right direction, without a doubt.

“He’s somebody that’s driven to be successful. You can see that in him.”

Wright also spoke on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future as he added that he truly believes Arteta is the right coach to take Arsenal back to “the promised land”.

The former striker continued: “If he was somebody that was tempted away, I’m not sure that people could really fault him at this stage because you look at Arsenal and the current plight.

“You have to say we’re going through a transitional period, coming off of Wenger, coming off of Unai Emery and now getting the coach that I believe is going to take us to the promised land.

“It depends totally on whether Aubameyang has the patience to wait for this to kick in but if he didn’t I’m not sure at his age what people could say, he’s somebody that deserves to be playing at a level where he’s able to win things.

“Depending on his ambition, his people around him and what they’re saying to him, how much he loves the club – and I know he loves the club immensely – you have to pray that’s going to be enough for him to stay.

“But I’m not gonna sit here and say anything other than I wish him all the best with what he does but I pray to God he stays at Arsenal.”

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