Mikel Arteta could use inspiration from Chelsea to oversee Arsenal revival

Mikel Arteta’s side are drowning beneath the dreaded dotted lines without a paddle, but all hope is not lost for the Spaniard, who can take inspiration from Chelsea and unleash their new young talent

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They say the course of true love never runs smooth, but Arsenal fans – and perhaps Mikel Arteta – probably feel like they have been dragged through a hedge backwards.

Patience, understanding, and faith was the message from The Gunners’ technical director Edu.

The Brazilian appealed to the good natures of the furious Arsenal fans in an interview with Sky Sports, in which he requested to bear with the struggling Arsenal stars who currently find themselves rock bottom of the Premier League.

Arsenal broke the bank with a humongous £156m transfer outlay which saw the arrivals of Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi-Lokonga, and Takehiro Tomiyasu arrive through the Emirates doors.

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Unfortunately for the North Londoners, they have not been able to get most of their players onto the pitch, with injuries and positive Coronavirus tests stripping Arteta of many of their options.

Edu stated this summer’s transfer policy of targeting players below the ages of 23-years old has been part of a cunning ‘long term’ plan, designed to come into fruition in the seasons to come.

But, if results do not turn around soon, both Arteta and Edu may not be in the Emirates hot-seats to see it.

Edu lent his full backing to Arteta and the Spaniard appears to have the benefit of the doubt for now.

It appears to be a very similar position to Frank Lampard’s first season at Chelsea.

Lampard may not have had £150m to spend in his first season, but he did have a dressing room stacked with some of the club’s most promising young talent in years.

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Ben White struggled on his debut

He also had dozens of experienced, but stale senior players left over from the reigns of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

Despite not being able to sign anybody new, Lampard ushered in a new era, while holding open the exit door to senior stars such as David Luiz, and Gary Cahill, whose courses had been run.

At first, it seemed like a huge mistake.

The Blues were blown away 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford and everybody in the footballing world was questioning Lampard’s decision to feature the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

Lampard put his faith in youngsters such as Mason Mount, who is now one of the main players at Chelsea


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Just like Lampard, Arteta also has a squad with an element of Schrodinger’s cat to it.

He also has a huge number of senior players who are either destined for the exit door, or are already on their way out.

Saed Kolasinac, Eddie Nketiah, Calum Chambers, Karl Hein, Mohamed Elneny, and Alexandre Lacazette are all heading into the final years of their contracts.

If their futures are not bound to Arsenal, why should they be interfering on Arteta and Edu’s ‘long term’ plan.

They are young, hungry, talented players, but just like Mount, Reece James, and Tammy Abraham during Lampard’s debut season they are raw – very raw.

Not all of Lampard’s players survived to see the entrance of Thomas Tuchel.

Abraham was sold to Roma for £36m this summer

Fikayo Tomori was sent on loan and eventually sold to AC Milan, while Abraham followed him to Italy to join Mourinho, of all people, at Roma.

Chelsea amassed £64m for the English pair, and they also also raised £90m in total just from selling their academy talent.

Yes, there were defeats, disappointments, and Lampard’s faith in the youngsters may have been the very hill his stint as Chelsea manager died on.

But what if Lampard played it safe?

What if he stuck with the same players from Sarri’s campaign, and sent Mount, James, Abraham and co on more loan spells to goodness knows where.

Would current manager Thomas Tuchel have a Champions League and Super Cup medal hanging in his office?

Arteta is a meticulous planner and strategist who perhaps would not have expected to deploy the likes of Sambi-Lokonga and Tavares this early in the season.

But now could be the perfect time to unleash the youngsters, form a new spine and give Arsenal supporters a glimpse of what the so-called long-term future could look like.

Edu and Arteta’s long term plan, may need to be brought forward to the present.

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