Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has had a tough time in recent weeks – but he retains the public support of club bosses.
The Gunners are languishing down in 15th in the Premier League table with just one win in their last five league games.
Worryingly, Arteta’s side have managed just 10 goals in their opening 11 top flight games and have struggled to find their identity under the Spaniard.
It has led to some asking questions as to whether the former midfielder is the right man to rebuild the north London club.
But chief executive Vinai Venkatesham believes they have found the right man for the job despite their recent performances as he gave him a public vote of confidence ahead of their clash with Burnley this weekend.
“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.”
Despite their struggles, former England star Jamie Carragher has compared Mikel Arteta’s early Arsenal efforts to Jurgen Klopp’s initial impact at Liverpool.
“Arteta has already demonstrated there is more to him than image,” he told The Telegraph .
“His initial impact reminded me of Jurgen Klopp joining Liverpool in 2015.
“Although consistency was lacking, it came together against high class teams. Arteta won his first major cup final, despite being in charge of a squad needing surgery.”