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Mikel Arteta gives verdict on Erik ten Hag amid Manchester United struggles

Published: Updated: 09:50, 13 May 2024
Arteta thinks Ten Hag deserves more time to get desired results

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has publicly backed Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag as the Dutchman grapples with a challenging season at Old Trafford. This comes ahead of a crucial meeting that could define the trajectory of both teams' seasons.

Arteta has expressed his belief that Erik ten Hag deserves more credit and respect for his work at Manchester United. He argues that just like he received time and support to turn around Arsenal's fortunes during his tenure, Ten Hag should be accorded the same opportunity before today's critical showdown at Old Trafford.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, said:

"I know what he's trying to do, I know how he does it, I know how difficult it is to prepare against him, so I have huge respect for him.

"Hopefully he gets the time because we are colleagues and we know how difficult it is in this league and how small the margins are."

Arsenal face tough challenge at Old Trafford

Despite this endorsement from Arteta, an Arsenal victory in this match could further complicate matters for Ten Hag at Old Trafford. The Gunners are keen on pushing their Premier League title charge to the limit.

The current state of affairs is a stark reflection of how far 'the mighty have fallen'. Despite being one of the most successful clubs in English football history, Manchester United are now considered underdogs against Arsenal by some bookmakers - they're priced at 13/2 odds despite Arsenal having won only once in their previous 16 visits to Old Trafford.

Gunners have poor record at Old Trafford in recent times

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, was behind this sole triumph - a 1-0 victory achieved behind closed doors back in November 2021. Now he aims to lead his team to another win but this time with fans present in the stadium.

Mikel Arteta added:

"If you want to win the Premier League and big trophies, you have to go to these grounds and impose yourself and beat them. That’s the journey we are on and that’s for sure what we are going to try to do on Sunday."

This upcoming match is not just a test for both teams but also a defining moment for the managers. As sports and betting fans eagerly anticipate the outcome, it's clear that more than just points are at stake - reputations and careers hang in the balance too.

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