ARSENAL chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has given under-fire boss Mikel Arteta the dreaded vote of confidence.
A bad run over the Christmas period could see fans lose patience with the 38-year-old.
But Venkatesham, who oversaw Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates last December, believes the Spaniard — along with technical director Edu — have the makings of a great double act for the future.
Venkatesham said: “I think with Mikel we have got a number of things.
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“The team he has formed with Edu, and also his technical staff, is really, really strong.
“You have got a guy who is absolutely driven to succeed. We’ve got a really, really powerful individual.”
Arteta’s 15th-placed Gunners host third-bottom Burnley on Sunday night, having lost six of their first 11 Prem games.
The Spaniard has openly admitted his main worry is their scoring record of just ten league goals, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on just two and Alexandre Lacazette three.
Meanwhile, Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has reportedly decided to join RB Leipzig in January.
The Hungary midfielder, 20, seems sure to leave Austrians RB Salzburg after they exited the Champions League at the group stage.