We might be going through a bad patch at the moment, but Edu has backed Mikel Arteta to lead the team back to stability.
He believes the manager needs time and patience. Especially considering how the year has been.
“If we’re not talking about patience with Mikel it would be very unfair to him. Because what a year we have faced,” he told Sky Sports in an interview recorded before Sunday’s loss.
“Pre-season challenges, three months without any football matches, a lot of things changing in the club. He started, and stopped, and when he started to get an understanding of all the squad he stopped again.
“He didn’t get a sequence to know everyone properly. It would be really unfair to Mikel to say something about that because the year was so challenging for everyone but even more for Mikel, who’d just arrived at the club.
“Because if you have a manager who was at the club for two, three, five years, it makes that situation easier.
“That’s why Mikel needs always, from my side, good words.”
Edu acknowledged that results have been bad, but actions behind the scenes gives him encouragement.
“The way I see things is very simple,” he continued.
“It’s normal and easy to be driven by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we go, the way we’re building things, starting to see it on a daily basis.
“So the way we work, the way we train, the way we behave internally, if you see the quality of the work, if you see the quality of the people, if you see properly what’s happening here on a daily basis, it’s nothing to compare with the results.”