Former Arsenal winger, Robert Pires, has claimed the club needs to ‘detach’ itself from the Arsene Wenger years in order to fully move on under Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal – and Pires – were hugely successful under Wenger, winning titles and cups along the way, with a distinct playing style engrained into the Gunners from top to bottom.
Since the Frenchman left, Arsenal have struggled to ever really get going again. Unai Emery has been and gone, while Mikel Arteta is now looking to oversee his own legacy with the club.
And speaking to 90Min, Pires believes it is important Arsenal get away from the Wenger years, comparing their current situation to that of Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“The club is in transition. Arsene Wenger’s imprint is still there. We must detach ourselves from it. This situation is similar to what Manchester United experienced with Sir Alex Ferguson. Today, things are much better for them,” Pires commented.
“I am convinced Arsenal will find it. There is quality in the squad and I believe a lot in Mikel Arteta.”
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You have to give credit to Arteta in all honesty. He’s trying to move players on, bring in his own, and really put his own stamp on proceedings in terms of the style of play.
He’s managed to move Mesut Ozil on, attracted Martin Odegaard as a replacement, and signed the impressive Thomas Partey in the summer.
Things are looking up for Arsenal under Arteta. Pires, meanwhile, makes a valid point about Wenger and Ferguson. Their legacies are so big that a club will always take time to adjust, which is exactly what we are seeing.