Unai Emery’s No.2 at Arsenal sends message to Gunners board

Unai Emery’s assistant at Arsenal Juan Carlos Carcedo has urged Gunners bosses to stick with Mikel Arteta, despite their struggles in the Premier League.

Arteta’s side beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday, their first victory since November 1.

That victory has eased some of the pressure on Arteta, with many believing he could have faced the sack if the poor run continued.

The Spaniard was named Arsenal manager last December, replacing Emery at the Emirates Stadium.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Unai Emery manager of Arsenal and assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images)

As well as a change of managers, Arsenal have undergone a transition behind the scenes and Carcedo believes they need a steady presence in the dugout.

“It is not easy,” he told the Athletic. “After so many years with Wenger, it was not an easy moment. It is true that there were changes in many different areas of the club.

“But the club hierarchy has to try to keep things calm and give confidence to the people working there, now it is Mikel and Edu.

“I know it is not easy sometimes, with results, but constant changes are not good and you need to have patience for the results to arrive, and so that the people who work there now can achieve the things they are fighting for.”

Carcedo and Emery have since parted ways, with the former assistant now in charge of third tier outfit UD Ibiza.

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery talks to assistant coach Juan Carlos Carcedo during the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

And he revealed that a number of Arsenal’s current squad reach out to him after his appointment, showing the close bonds he and Emery built in north London.

“I still have a very good relationship with many of the players that Unai and I coached,” he added.

“That says a lot about the relationship, personal and professional. If the players keep in contact with you, it is because you have been able to offer them something, improve them as players, and personally you have been close to them. Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos and many other players congratulated me on getting the new job, and we remain in contact.”

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