Jack Wilshere has backed his former Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta to be successful as the Gunners’ manager at the Emirates.
The Spaniard has guided the north London outfit to back-to-back eighth place finishes in the Premier League, and after two defeats in the first two games of the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal again look like a team who will struggle to challenge for places in the European spots.
Wilshere, who spent a decade of his senior career at Arsenal, is saddened by the club’s lack of form, but has urged fans to stay patient with Arteta because he’ll eventually get it right.
“It upsets me to see where they are,” Wilshere told The Athletic. “One thing I will say is that I do think Arteta is the right guy.
“Obviously I see the news, stuff on social media… some people want him out. I think he’s trying to build something and I think it will take time.
“What hurts me the most is that when I was there and we dropped a little bit, we still got into the Champions League (by finishing in the top four). Then when we dropped out of the Champions League, it felt like a massive disappointment – ‘Oh my god, we need to be in Champions League, we need to be challenging’.
“Now, they’re not even challenging for that. They’re not even challenging for a Europa League place, really.”
Wilshere added that it will take time for the youngsters to get consistency in their performances, and that it’s different to when he played because they’re being relied upon from such a young age, whereas he had other stars to help him settle in.
“But there’s a good group of young players, which I feel is probably the best since me, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs came through. These players need a few years,” Wilshere added.
“The difference is, I came into a team of world-class players and they really helped me: Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri. They were all brilliant and I could learn from them.
“That’s why it’s going to take a bit more time because there is more responsibility on these young players.”
Source by Football London