“The early signs were really good in terms of look how quickly he [Arteta] picked up a trophy. Yes, this season has been really inconsistent but I don’t want Arsenal to turn into a club where they keep sacking managers – at some stage you’ve got to give someone a little bit of time.

Despite a disappointing draw in the first leg against Slavia Prague, Arsenal are still favourites to progress to the semi-finals when the two sides meet again on Thursday.

“We go back to what we used to say when those teams were in a position not to qualify for Europe we are talking about similar things.

“It is true there are some really good examples of teams that were rebuilding their teams and it helped them in their project, but I would rather be in Europe.”