Thomas Tuchel explains Arsenal’s mistake in promoting Mikel Arteta to first-team manager

Arsenal confirmed that Mikel Arteta had been promoted from head coach to first-team manager In September 2020.

Arteta had been in the role for less than a year and had finished in the worst league position for more than 20 years.

Yet Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham, who himself had been recently promoted to the position, spoke with confidence about the club’s choice.

He revealed that the promotion would see Arteta move up the hierarchy and no longer be working underneath technical director Edu, instead, operating alongside him.

“So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together.

Arteta finished his first season in charge of the club with 9 wins, 6 draws, and 5 losses from 20 games Premier League games. A win percentage of 45%.

The following season, Arsenal won 18 games, drew 7, and lost 13. The Spaniard slightly increasing his win percentage to 47.4%.

However, the position of 8th in the table remained the same and the club failed to pick up silverware or qualify for Europe.