Lampard predicts Mikel Arteta future as Todd Boehly sent clear Chelsea message

Frank Lampard predicts Mikel Arteta future as Todd Boehly sent clear Chelsea message

Frank Lampard believes Mikel Arteta would’ve been sacked by now if he was Chelsea manager. The Arsenal boss has only recently begun to repay the Kroenke family for the faith they showed in him during the early stages of his tenure.

Despite no prior experience as a head coach in the top flight, Arteta was offered the chance to lead the Gunners into a new era at the Emirates Stadium. In December 2019, he left his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City to take the reins at Arsenal.

The north Londoners finished eighth in each of Arteta’s first two Premier League campaigns. According to Lampard, the Spaniard would have been sacked by now if he had a similar start in the dugout at Chelsea.

Speaking on the Unfiltered Podcast, the Blues’ all-time top goalscorer discussed the time constraints modern managers face when trying to implement their philosophy. Lampard said: “I think Arteta is a great example. Look at the tough times he had.

“He was trying to find a formation and he had to compromise a lot and you lose some games and people don’t trust the process. Arteta is a fantastic coach, we’re seeing that now, but if he was managing at Chelsea he wouldn’t have made it through that period.”

Unlike Arteta, Lampard wasn’t given the benefit of the doubt during his spell as Chelsea manager. After just 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues through a transfer ban, the club legend was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

When it was first revealed that Lampard was dismissed, Paul Merson claimed Roman Abramovich should’ve given him more of a chance. In a column for Sky Sports, the former Arsenal midfielder said: “You have to give Frank Lampard a chance.

“He pulled up trees last season to get them in the Champions League, and they are still in the competition this season. They have had a bad run. They’ve brought in a lot of players and Lampard is working with the best group of players he’s worked with, but most of them play in the same position.

“For me, they had to give him a chance. Did Chelsea think they were going to buy a 21-year-old kid from Germany in Kai Havertz, another forward from Germany in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and a 36-year-old defender in Thiago Silva and just win the league?”

Tuchel went on to win the Champions League with Chelsea in the same season but, just under two years later, the German would also be sacked – all while Arteta continued to build the foundations of his exciting project at Arsenal.

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