Arsenal insiders show Arteta likely to receive more backing than Emery

Mikel Arteta addressed questions about his Arsenal future after the Gunners lost 2-1 to Wolves on Sunday, with his side enduring their worst start to a league season since 1981.

The defeat left Arsenal 14th in the Premier League table, with five losses from their opening ten fixtures.

The Wolves game marked a year since Arteta's predecessor Unai Emery was given the boot and, despite the poor start, Arteta is expected to be given time to turn things around.

The former Manchester City assistant coach is well-liked among the players and club legends, while Emery's 16-month reign has been publicly criticised.

Ian Wright has labelled Emery "delusional", while Jens Lehmann claimed he was "not good enough" to manage Arsenal.

Jack Wilshere explained how a blunt conversation with Emery led to his departure on a free, despite being offered a new deal.

Speaking on Arsenal's In Lockdown podcast, Wilshere explained: "When Emery came in I wanted to sit down and have a conversation with him, we did and he said, 'Basically if I were you I would leave – you're not in my starting XI.'

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"He had plans to buy a midfielder, I think he bought [Lucas] Torreira, and I wasn't in his plans. And that was the moment that it felt like the club was going in a different direction and I decided to leave."

Alexandre Lacazette highlighted the differences between Emery and Arteta back in July, telling Canal Plus: "It is a completely different way to manage a squad, a team, a different tactical vision as well, it is hard to cite all the changes, there are so many.

"What the coach asks of me is different. They have completely different visions the pair of them."

As a result, Arteta is likely to be afforded more time to get things right and he is not concerned about getting sacked.

"It's something that the day I decided to be a coach I knew that one day I would be sacked or leave the football club but I don't know when that is going to happen," he said.

"In this profession, I know it will happen but I never worry about it. My only concern is to get the best out of the players and give the best possible service to the club."

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