Mikel Arteta is capable of becoming a legendary Arsenal manager in the mould of Arsene Wegner, according to former Gunners defender Gael Clichy.
Arteta was appointed to the Emirates hot seat last December and led Arsenal to FA Cup glory after just eight months in charge.
But the Spaniard’s tenure has taken a drastic turn for the worse as the Gunners have endured their most dire start to a league season since 1974 and sit 15th in the table.
Clichy spent one season working under Arteta at Manchester City after the latter became Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager in 2016.
And the French left-back is confident Arteta will prove to be the right man for the Arsenal job, as long as he receives the backing of club chiefs.
Clichy told Stadium Astro : “What I want to say is, are we turning all the focus around the academy or be a club like Man City that is not afraid to spend money to be competitive?
“Are we going to be a club that does a bit of both and in a good season finish in the top-half of the table and in a bad season be fighting for relegation?
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“We are not talking about any club, we are talking about one of the best in England and in Europe, so you need a clear vision.
“Arsene was who he was, but he had the vision. He had young players, turned them into superstars and sold them for big profit for the club.
“Fans turned on him because he wasn’t doing what they wanted in winning the title but he was qualifying for the Champions League. Now you think that wasn’t so bad.
“Mikel Arteta has got that in him, he could be the next Arsene Wenger. But Arsene had all the power. Anything going through Arsenal was going through him.
“Mikel is not like that. He has players that maybe he didn’t want. He inherited players that he didn’t want for the future and his team don’t have the money to get the players he wants.
“He’s trying his best, he has to keep on fighting.”
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