Cesc Fabregas has insisted that Mikel Arteta is still the right man to take Arsenal forward despite their inconsistent recent form.
The Gunners looked like they had turned a corner when they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford, but followed it up with a shock 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
But speaking to 90 Min, Fabregas urged fans to show patience with Arteta and is convinced his fellow Spaniard needs more time before being judged.
“Listen, it’s a transition period,” Fabregas said. “Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time.
“The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.
“I know it’s very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it’s a process.
“Sometimes, it’s difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there’s pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You’re on the spot every single day.”
Fabregas is convinced Arsenal have the quality in their squad to compete for major honours in the near future, but believes Arteta is still still trying to work out his best 11.
“He’s trying to find his team,” Fabregas added.
“They have [Dani] Ceballos, they have [Granit] Xhaka, now they’ve added Thomas Partey from Atletico, who’s a very good player as well.
“They have Willian, they have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – top, top players, that’s 100% sure. Maybe they still need a little bit more time.”
Arsenal will try to bounce back from the heavy defeat to Villa when they take on Leeds United next Sunday followed by a trip to Norway to take on Molde in the Europa League the following Thursday.