Arteta warned about ‘real Arsenal problem’ in fight for Champions League action

Mikel Arteta might not be able to guide Arsenal back into the Champions League.

That’s according to French football journalist Philippe Auclair, who reckons the north Londoners have issues in their hierarchy that the Spaniard will struggle to overcome.

Arteta was given the nod after Unai Emery’s dismissal in November.

And since taking charge he’s masterminded an upturn in performances, but the north Londoners are still only ninth in the table.

A top-five finish would, in theory, put his side back in the Champions League next season.

However, it’s not yet clear when the campaign will wrap up. All football is currently suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Auclair says Arteta will have his work cut out when the football calendar resumes.

“No I don’t think that’s the case [that Arteta’s appointment will take Arsenal back to the top],” he told the Transfer Window podcast.

“I think the problem with reinstating Arsenal as a contender for the title, or at least for a Champions League place and a genuine contender for let’s say the top three, is something that has got to do with the club’s structure and the people who are in charge of the club.

“I don’t necessarily think the current ownership model is one that benefits the club greatly.

“I don’t think that some of the decisions which are being made are as they should be and it’s a completely different kind of governance model.

“And I think the real problem of Arsenal lies there more than in the personnel they employ.”

Arteta is currently recovering after being struck down with coronavirus.

“Thanks for your words and support,” he posted on Twitter.

“Feeling better already. We’re all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge.

“Everyone’s health is all that matters right now.

“Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together. Well done PL for making the right decisions.”

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