It’s difficult to pinpoint just what exactly has gone wrong at Arsenal this season – but supporters think they’ve worked it out after listening to Mikel Arteta’s latest interview.
After a disappointing start to the campaign, the Gunners picked up only three points in their first four matches. The Spanish boss is under fire.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was last weekend’s hero as Arsenal beat Norwich City at Emirates to win the Premier League for the first time in a long time.
The victory was much needed, but the Londoners are still in the bottom half of the table. This is their worst start in 67-years.
Arteta will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes before the next international break, and it seems the 39-year-old is taking tips from an unlikely source in an attempt to arrest the slide.
Arteta spoke out earlier this week to reveal that he’s been watching American television show Ted Lasso, and drawing inspiration from the poor American soccer coach.
Ahead of Saturday’s game at Burnley he said: “The last one (series) I watched, and I’m now watching the new episodes, is Ted Lasso. It’s been great.
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“It’s been great in tough, difficult moments. He’s always smiling and always believing and it gives you a different perspective that there is not one way of looking at things.
“There are positives and negatives and there are people that manage in a really successful way to do it differently. Ted, thank you so much.
The Apple series is a popular one-hour comedy that follows an American coach who accepts a job as a Premier League coach with AFC Richmond. He soon finds himself ridiculed for his inept football knowledge.
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Arsenal fans are worried about Arteta’s admission. Many supporters suggested a link between Arteta’s poor start to the season, and their manager’s love for Arsenal.
One fan said: “The last thing I wanted to hear is that Arteta watches Ted Lasso. Now we know where the tactics have been coming from.”
Someone else commented: “Arteta watches Ted Lasso???? Oh God.. I don’t know how to feel about this.”
Another Twitter user added: “Arteta using Ted Lasso on how to manage bad situations. LOOOOOL.”
A fourth supporter joked: “Mikel Arteta gets coaching tips from Ted Lasso. It all makes sense now.”
“Arteta is taking inspiration on how Ted Lasso approaches things.. ok that explains the abysmal Premier League performances,” was the view of another fan.
Arsenal fans will be hoping Arteta does more than Lasso because the American couldn’t save AFC Richmond last season.