Cesc Fabregas has offered his assessment on the current fortunes of his former Premier League employers, believing Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has a ‘much harder’ job on his hands than Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
Fabregas starred for both London sides during a glittering career in English football and has kept a close eye on the fortunes of both clubs in recent months, Arsenal and Chelsea having opted for relative inexperience with the appointments of former players as their respective new managers.
Chelsea currently sit fourth and are on course for Champions League qualification as the Premier League prepares to return behind-closed-doors this week, though Arsenal are languishing in ninth and face the realistic prospect of missing out on European football altogether.
Fabregas believes both sides have gambled with their appointments of Lampard and Arteta, but believes the latter is facing the more difficult challenge as he bids to rebuild and return Arsenal to Europe’s elite.
“Chelsea took a gamble with Frank because it was only his second year as a main coach and he’s done very well,” Fabregas told the Guardian.
“With Mikel, it’s a little bit of the same. He’s been with Pep [Guardiola] for three years, and I’m sure he’s like a master for any young coach that wants to start being a manager.
“I think he’s done well [so far] and I’m sure he’s brought back some values to the club that was needed.
“Obviously it’s a much harder job than Chelsea in terms of rebuilding the squad, and they are very young, and they had problems because [Arteta] started much further down the line than Chelsea, but I’m positive that they will pick up very soon and that next season could be the one for them.”