I never rated Arteta at Arsenal, there’s no denying that. I liked him at Everton when he had a more attacking position and when he was bought I saw him as a good squad option for us, nothing more. As one could expect, Wenger shoe horned him to into some kind of defensive midfielder. A role he never was suited for and was often exposed. Ppl can bring up all the passing stats they want, but they only prove that he was good at passing short and sideways. A good stat if your only job is to win the ball back and act defensively. Sadly his lack of defensive skills and awkward positioning left us exposed on so many occasions and did cost us.
But does all this really matter? Does all his flaws as a player make him a good manager and suitable candidate?
I’m yet to see a decent and good argument on why he should be our new boss. That he’s a former player for us, Spanish (?!), been a coach under Pep, fancied by Wenger and has lovely hair, are all non convincing arguments in my book. Oh and “I liked him as a player” isn’t all that good either.
So is he some secret magician that will win us silverware just by showing up? Don’t get me wrong, if he is appointed and succeed then I’m very happy. But please, there must be more arguments than these.