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‘So far so good’ – Kanu provides Arteta rating as Arsenal manager

Despite rating the Spaniard high so far, the Nigeria legend feels the Gunners must improve to end the season well

Nwankwo Kanu has delivered his verdict on Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss, and claimed the Spaniard will come good in time.

The 37-year-old, who played for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016, replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium midway through a topsy-turvy season.

After losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea, Arteta has led the North Londoners to seven-game unbeaten run, with three wins and four draws.

Although Arsenal are currently 11th in the English top-flight log with 31 points from 25 league outings, the ex-Nigeria international gave the tactician a pass mark, while hoping that the team keeps improving.

“So far so good, I don’t think he is doing badly. Everybody loves him and he is trying to organise the team and also impose his own system,” Kanu told Goal.

“It’s always difficult when a new manager comes in because you want them (the players) to follow you in whatever you want to do.

“Sometimes, some players might not understand what you are doing, and if you are lucky, everybody will be in the same direction.

“If you look at the games they have played so far, there have been a lot of draws which I think is making the team steady and when he gets things rights, the results will come.

“Whoever knows the Premier League knows that every team wants to win.

“Knowing where Arsenal are now and where they are coming from, a draw is better than losing games, however, the team must do better.”

Arsenal take on Newcastle United in Sunday’s EPL outing and victory over Steve Bruce’s men will see them overtake Burnley in 10th position.

After the Magpies clash, they visit the Karaiskakis Stadium for Thursday’s Europa League showdown against Olympiacos.

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