September 01, (THEWILL) – It is trying times at Arsenal as the side sits bottom of the English Premier League after three games, scoring zero goals and conceding nine in its worst ever start to a premier leage season. This state of affairs has prompted a letter addressing the club staff by the club CEO, Vinai Venkatesham, calling for togetherness despite the “hugely disappointing start to the season.”
Venkatesham’s letter demonstrated that he is aware of the circumstances and how saddening such conditions are for the staff. The CEO stated that the current results are part of the ongoing rebuilding process to achieve sustainable success on and off the pitch.
The letter reads: “Of course, I write this update against the backdrop of a hugely disappointing start to the season. I know how tough this is for all of you, both as supporters and employees, with criticism coming from all angles.
“At times like this it is critical we stick together and stay positive. We have a very important run of games coming up after the international break and I’m confident we can and will come out fighting.
“Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognising that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years. This is well below the standards each of us all have, and of course that our fans rightly demand of us, which is to be competing for the biggest trophies in the game.
“Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.
“Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel to take us where we want to get to. Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.”
Is this enough?
As commendable as this act is, there is still a dire need to remain competitive in the present, even as the team looks to the future.
The plan for tomorrow’s success cannot be completely removed from the need to provide the level of competitiveness expected of a club like Arsenal, a traditional Big Six club with a history of stability and victories.
The international break could not have come at a better time to give Arteta a breather from the onslaught, but he is on the clock now as a sack appears imminent if the team’s fortunes do not turn after the break.
There is little the CEO’s letter can do, just as club staff unity will remain suspect if Arteta fails to lift the team back into contention.