Jack Wilshere has supported his former Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta to succeed as the Gunners manager in the Emirates.
The Spaniard has guided the north London side to an eighth place in a row in the Premier League, and after two losses in the opening two games of the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal again look like a side that will struggle to keep up. fight for places in European spots.
Wilshere, who spent a decade of his senior career at Arsenal, is saddened by the club’s lack of form but urged fans to be patient with Arteta as he will eventually get it right.
“It upsets me to see where they are,” Wilshere told The Athletic. “One thing I will say is I think Arteta is the right guy.
“Obviously I see the news, social media stuff… some people want him to come out. I think he’s trying to build something and I think it will take time.
“What pains me the most is that when I was there and we crashed a bit, we still got into the Champions League (finishing in the top four). Then when we dropped out of the Champions League, it was like a huge disappointment – “Oh my god we have to be in the Champions League, we have to face challenges”.
“Now they’re not even a challenge for that. They aren’t even a challenge for a Europa League place, really.”
Wilshere added that it will take time for young people to achieve consistency in their performances, and that it is different from when he played because they have been relied on from such a young age, when he had to. other stars to help him settle down.
“But there is a good group of young players, I think he’s probably the best since me, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs. These players need a few years,” added Wilshere.
“The difference is that I got 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 was able to learn from them .
“That’s why it’s going to take a little longer because there is more responsibility on these young players.”