December 2022 marks a memorable milestone for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal. The Spanish strategist has completed 3 years of leading the Gunners. Through a period of erratic ups and downs, the north London team gradually improved in terms of play and field performance.
In the 2022/2023 season, Arsenal lead the Premier League table before Christmas. Arteta’s army creates a distance of 5 points with defending champion Man City. This is a position few Arsenal fans have ever thought of before the season.
Arteta plays the role of chief architect in the success of the Emirates Stadium team. Giving opportunities to young talents, tightening discipline, eliminating faces that are not in the development plan… The ways of the 40-year-old captain have contributed to Arsenal’s spectacular ‘makeover’.
“Arteta inspired me to be a coach. When I came back here last year I always thought about coaching. I saw how Arteta led, went into the details,” said former midfielder Jack. Wilshere shared.
“Arteta has created a culture where everything is about winning. He also values training. I have never seen the first team coach at that level, even under Arsene Wenger. Right now, it’s more intense; more demanding and demanding.”
Arteta’s philosophy, values, and style left a strong impression during his three years in charge of Arsenal. Arteta has had a rough start at the Emirates.
In the 2019/2020 season, Arsenal ranked 8th overall in the Premier League after a bad start under Unai Emery’s reign. In the 2020/2021 season, Arsenal stopped against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.
In the 2021/2022 season, Arsenal had a bad start with the first 3 series of matches losing all. The decline in performance made Arteta face the risk of receiving a dismissal.
Fortunately for Arsenal, the board still believes in Arteta. In fact, the 40-year-old former midfielder has successfully revived the home team.
Arteta needs time to slow down Arsenal’s ‘recession’ at the end of Emery’s reign before bringing the development team up.
The right transfer strategy is another important factor to help Arsenal thrive. At the moment, there are only 2 main stars left in the Gunners’ first match under Arteta: Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka (1-1 draw between Arsenal and Bournemouth).
Three summer transfer windows, breaking more than 250 million pounds and bringing in 7 new signatures. Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard bring fresh, quality additions to the north London side.
At the same time, the progress of Gabriel Martinelli and the return of William Saliba help Arsenal own a complete squad.
“Arsenal has a squad with enough depth. The most important thing, they define a specific, clear play. That proves Arsenal’s desire to win,” said former striker Sergio Aguero.
Impressive performance from the beginning of the season helps morale and confidence increase in the players. Unity in the dressing room is the next key factor that turns Arsenal into a winning machine.
Will Arsenal topple Man City’s throne in the Premier League? That was within the reach of Arteta’s army.
“The Gunners are the second team with a great chance of winning the Premier League. You know, at times, Man City has to put all their energy into the Champions League front,” said strategist Arsene Wenger on beIN Sports.
Three years of witnessing a completely changed Arsenal, lighting up the hope of regaining its inherent position in both the foggy country and Europe. Arteta is doing his job well.
Mr. Nguyen | 15:04 12/23/2022