Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to stick by him with Pep Guardiola comparison

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urges his board to stick by him this season as he plans for the club’s long-term future.

After a fantastic end to the last campaign, Arsenal have made a poor start to their Premier League season this term.

The Gunners have just 13 points from their first 10 matches, making it the club’s worst ever start to a Premier league campaign.

Arsenal face Tottenham on Sunday and the pressure will mount on Arteta if his side do not get a result.

Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City as the Spaniard struggled during his first season in England, when the star-studded side could only manage a third-place finish.

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Arteta is under increasing pressure. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

However, City’s belief in Guardiola didn’t waiver and they won the title in emphatic fashion the following season after addressing their problems at full-back in the transfer window.

Arteta has used the example of Guardiola at City as reason why he should be given more time, in what is a thinly-veiled message to his Arsenal board.

‘At Man City in our first year, which was complicated, I saw the reaction of people around Pep, the people in the hierarchy,’ Arteta told DAZN.

‘They didn’t have a doubt, they knew the path to follow – this year something has happened but we are going there and the following years it was different.

‘For me the most important thing when you are building a new project is that you need to be very clear in what you want to do and the people around you have to know what you want to do, believe in that and be willing to defend that for a sustainable and reasonable period of time

‘Changing to what we want has risks and the way we want to play requires a lot of precision, a lot of game plan. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

‘We have been very clear where we are going and in this path there’s going to be times when the project is going to suffer.

‘There we have to be stronger than ever, keep our idea and keep trying to bring the players we want, keep the players we have and evolve them. For me that’s the main secret.’

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