Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes that under-pressure Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should be given more time to turn things around at Chelsea. The Spaniard, who also went through a torrid run of results before turning things around at Arsenal, feels that his board stood by him when things were going bad and the Chelsea board should also be doing the same.
Lampard currently is under a huge amount of pressure following the Blues’ 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday. The London side are currently eighth in the Premier League table and now has lost five of their last eight games in the league.
“I have known Frank for a few years and I spent some time with him and I would like the club to support him and give him a chance,” Arteta told the British media. “He has huge experience as a player, he is an icon over there. You need time, and something we have not had in this calendar year is time to work on anything,” he added.
Arteta, who like Lampard is managing the side he once captained feels that clubs will benefit in the long run if they show patience and trust in their manager and his process. “Fortunately, if they see what you are trying to do is going to have rewards in the future, and they are a little bit patient, most of the time it pays off.”
Arteta’s 3-1 win over Lampard’s Chelsea on boxing day was a massive turning point in Arsenal’s season as they were able to string a good run of results following the game against their London rivals.
“I can only talk about what I have experienced… it was full support in difficult times,” said Arteta, who is set to face Hasenhüttl’s Saints side on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round. Lampard’s Chelsea meanwhile, will face off against Championship side Luton Town on Sunday.