Cesc Fabregas thinks Arsenal fans have to show patience under Mikel Arteta as the club goes through a “transition period”.
The Gunners have lost four of their eight Premier League matches so far this season with results meaning they sit 11th in the table.
The mood around the Emirates Stadium had been buoyant following their 1-0 victory against Manchester United earlier this month – but a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on their last Premier League outing has seen that outlook change.
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There have been a handful of calls on social media for Arsenal to sack Arteta, who has helped the club win the FA Cup and Community Shield in his short time at the club, and Fabregas thinks fans need to be patient to the “process”.
“Listen, it’s a transition period,” Fabregas told 90min. “Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time.
“The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.
“I know it’s very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it’s a process. Sometimes, it’s difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there’s pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You’re on the spot every single day.
“He’s trying to find his team. They have [Dani] Ceballos, they have [Granit] Xhaka, now they’ve added Thomas Partey from Atletico, who’s a very good player as well.
“They have Willian, they have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – top, top players, that’s 100 per cent sure. Maybe they still need a little bit more time.”
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