Mikel Arteta deserves Arsenal plaudits for creating ‘structure that Man Utd do not have’
Mikel Arteta deserves plaudits and not criticism at Arsenal because there is a clear structure in place… unlike at Manchester United.
That is the view of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who insists that Arteta is one the right path to creating a winning culture at the Emirates.
Both Arsenal and United have suffered difficult starts to the season with shock results leaving both teams languishing in the bottom half of the Premier Legaue table.
Some fans have suggested that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is treated more harshly than Arteta over his side’s results.
But former Chelsea and Leeds striker Hasselbaink believes that there are fundamental differences between the two.
Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal, said: “I think it’s completely right and fair that Mikel Arteta is spoken of so highly in the media. It’s a fair assessment.
“If you compare them with Man United, there is a structure in place at Arsenal.
“Yes, they have lost four matches in the league this season but there is a clear structure; I understand what they’re trying to do.
“At Man United, I don’t understand what they’re trying to do.
“Even though Arsenal are losing matches, they’ve improved since Arteta took over.
“Look at Chelsea, as well. Even though they have conceded a lot of goals already this season – especially at the start of the season – I understand what they are trying to do and I can’t say the same for Man United. I don’t know what the players’ roles are.
“In their last game against Everton, maybe there was an improvement, but that’s in keeping with their inconsistency – something which has been there for some time.
“I really like Arteta at Arsenal. I like what he’s trying to do there, I like what he stands for.
“His problem is that he doesn’t have a lot of money to spend. He’s having to implement these changes with the players that are already there.
“Since his arrival, he has improved them significantly.
“If you look at Man United, have they improved since Jose Mourinho left?
“Yeah, they got off to a great start and went on a fantastic run for the first few months, but now we’re nearly two years on since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and they haven’t really improved.”