Manuel Almunia is confident that Mikel Arteta can turn Arsenal’s fortunes around after a difficult phase.
The goalkeeper played alongside the current Gunners boss for a brief period at the Emirates Stadium.
Almunia spoke to Marca about his playing career from the UAE, where he currently works as Al Jazira’s goalkeeping coach.
“With Arsenal, as the big club that they are, it’s a shame to see them like this,” he said, before adding:
“For the history, infrastructure, British and global fans and the attraction in general, they should be in the Champions League and higher up in the league.”
“Sooner or later, they’ll be among the best again and I’m sure Mikel will help with that. He was a player not long ago,” he expressed hope, before adding:
“He’s shared the dressing room with some of the players he coaches now and he knows what modern football is like and he’ll know what the best thing for them is. He has to be given time.”