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Sky Sports journalist drops Arteta replacement bombshell

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Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge does not believe that Arsenal will be able to appoint a better manager than Mikel Arteta because of problems with their backroom team.

The club have endured nothing short of a terrible start to the season.

The Gunners lost their opening game to newly-promoted Brentford 2-0 and were then outclassed by Chelsea in another 2-0 defeat.

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The nadir arguably came before the international break, though, as Arteta’s men were thumped 5-0 by reigning champions Manchester City, and was sent off.

Their three defeats, coupled with their failure to score a goal and their nine goals conceded, means they are currently rock-bottom of the Premier League table.

There is naturally likely to be some kind of pressure building on manager Arteta but Bridge does not think they will be able to bring in anyone better than the Spaniard, because Edu, the club’s technical director, simply does not have the knowhow to recruit a world-class boss.

He said: “I look at a central midfielder, I look at the whole team to be honest with you, it’s dreadful. I fear that if Arteta goes they’ll get a really good manager in.

“But then speaking to people who know more about Arsenal than I do, they think the whole policy is bad, they think Edu doesn’t have enough European knowledge. Maybe it’s a real club and not just the manager.”

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