Arsenal chief hands Mikel Arteta vote of confidence following worst ever start to a Premier League season

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side are currently 15th in the Premier League table
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side are currently 15th in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham insists Mikel Arteta retains his full backing despite presiding over the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.

The club’s former captain was installed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor 12 months ago, despite his complete lack of managerial experience.

Arteta, who spent three-and-a-half years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, began his tenure impressively and masterminded last season’s FA Cup triumph.

The Spaniard bolstered his squad in the summer with the additions of Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and Thomas Partey, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang committed his future to the club by signing a new contract and Dani Ceballos returned for second loan spell from Real Madrid.

The Gunners won three of their first four Premier League matches of the campaign but, despite a landmark win at Old Trafford, they are currently languishing in 15th place ahead of a must-win clash against Burnley on Sunday.

Defeat would see Arsenal slide further towards the relegation place but Venkatesham, who was promoted following the departure of Raul Sanllehi, insists he has total faith in the ‘powerful’ Arteta who is more than capable of steadying the ship.

‘With Mikel we have got a number of things,’ Venkatesham told The Times. ‘You’ve got an individual who has extraordinary experience in the Premier League across his time at Arsenal, Everton, Man City and then back at Arsenal.

‘You have got a guy that loves this club and understands what it means to play for this club, and he was obviously captain here. You’ve got a guy who is a real team player.

‘The team he’s formed with Edu [the technical director], and also his technical staff, is really, really strong.

‘You’ve got a guy who is absolutely driven to succeed and be successful on the pitch, but doing it in a way that respects our history and traditions. So I think with him we have got a really, really powerful individual.’

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