As Arsenal restructure their post-Wenger restructuring, they have named Mikel Arteta ‘first-team manager’ instead of ‘head coach’ and we can now stop saying ‘head coach’ and carry on saying ‘manager’ as befits the role at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger was meant to be Arsenal’s last manager.
But it seems the experience with Unai Emery, our first head coach, has scared us so badly we’ve decided to ditch it and go back to the model that worked perfectly well for over 100 years before:
Confirmed by Arsenal – Mikel Arteta becomes club's first-team manager.
Restructuring means head coach role no longer exists.
Essentially a promotion for Arteta. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) September 10, 2020
The reality is, after getting rid of Raul Sanllehi Arsenal had a number of jobs that needed to be covered.
This move no doubt also gives Arteta more say over matters at the club which is only a good thing.
Speaking at the end of last season, Arteta knew that where we go from here depends on what happens over the next few months in terms of squad overhaul and player recruitment.
“I knew the challenge,” Arteta said. “To come in the middle of the season with all the issues that were happening.
“And when you are inside you can dig even deeper and start to understand why things happen. It’s the consequences of many little aspects. I am so convinced that we are going to do it right, but we need time.
“The fans, when they get nervous it’s normal. For me, it’s not that they get nervous, it’s frustration. This club and its history is there.
“People are relating this badge with success, with joy, with trophies and emotions. We can’t change that and we must not try to change it.
“Because it makes us big and we only have to think like that. For me, it’s the only way to think about this club and the future of it. If we are all in the same place on that we will make it.
“But we have to do it then transmit it to the players, to every member of the staff and then to the fans. If we do that and we are together with that mindset we will do it.
“If the situation is what it is let’s take it, let’s embrace it, but let’s do something – let’s analyse why things happen and the things that are not working have to get changed,” he continued.
“If not, we are going to get back to the same spot in six months, a year, two years.
“I am very confident with the way the owners and the board are approaching this crucial time. We know we don’t have any margin for error.”