There will be no Champions League football in the Emirates this season, but there is a growing sense of optimism at Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta in charge.
The Gunners appear to be going under the fresh-faced Spain boss, who has taken the reins following Unai Emery’s bitterly disappointing fate at the club.
Arteta, who learned his trade as No.2 from Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has made his players fight for every ball and there seems to be a genuine belief in his philosophy.
From discipline to tactics, including studying his opponents, Arteta has shown he has it all.
Make no mistake, Arsenal fans will tell you that his biggest achievement to date is convincing talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract.
Fans have just received official confirmation of their star man’s new deal, just days after the forward marked the start of the Gunners’ 2020/21 season with one goal.
Aubameyang found the net in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham with another fabulous finish, slicing with the left wing and wrapping the ball in the far right corner of the net.
But why do Arsenal fans love every minute of Arteta’s reign? talkSPORT.com has identified the reasons why the 38-year-old has become such a hugely popular figure in the Emirates already within months.
He’s only been in charge for nine months (including four in chalk due to COVID-19), but Arteta has already directed the club to two pieces of silverware.
He led the Gunners to FA Cup glory where they twice overcame their underdog status to defeat Man City and then Chelsea to win football’s longest-running award.
In the final, the Blues were in charge and took the lead thanks to Christian Pulisic. But Arteta, helped by the drink break halfway through the first half, worked some of his magic and turned the game around completely.
He demonstrated the same tactical prowess just over a month later in the Community Shield where his side beat the Premier League champions on penalties.
Arteta’s ability to uplift his players for the big occasion bodes very well for the future.
Beat the big boys
Arsenal have endured a scorching race against their traditional top six rivals in recent years, but the corner is turned.
In fact, Arsenal hadn’t beaten Liverpool since 2015 before Arteta’s appointment, but they have now beaten Jurgen Klopp twice during his short stint in north London.
It is a great achievement considering how powerful the Reds have become under the German.
Arteta has been in charge for less than a year and has outperformed Klopp, Guardiola, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his short spell at the club.
If you didn’t think a top four was possible, these results might make you think again.
Best new secure signatures
It’s no secret that Arsenal are pretty skinted at the moment, but Arteta has significantly improved his squad with very few resources.
Gabriel Magalhaes’ £ 27million signing is a big addition to the squad and he has proven his worth with his impressive debut against Fulham this weekend.
A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in signing him, including Manchester United and Everton, but it is understood that the former Lille ace ‘adhered to the Arteta philosophy’ and Arsenal went on to win the race. at his signature.
Willian also joined the club with a free transfer despite interest from other clubs in England and abroad and he started his Gunners career with THREE assists in his opener.
With other brilliant talents such as Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar linked with a move and Aubameyang sealing a new deal, it is now clear that top players are genuinely embracing Arteta’s project – which couldn’t be said for his predecessor.
Awesome new style implementation
When asked what his philosophy would be in 2014, Arteta said: “My philosophy would be clear.
“I will have everyone 120% committed, that’s the first thing. Otherwise you are not playing for me.
Arteta’s vision and management philosophy at the time was clearly consistent with what he achieved in a short time at Arsenal.
As we have seen with Matteo Guendouzi, the Spaniard is not afraid to throw the players out in the cold if they don’t buy into the cause.
Guendouzi was kicked out of the Arsenal squad on the instructions of the manager, who was fed up with the young Frenchman’s antics.
But Arsenal have also shown they can play an attractive brand of football without giving up their defensive duties.
In big games, they come back in numbers but also have an explosive counterattack.
Under Emery, and even under Arsene Wenger in his final days, Arsenal’s defense was often calamitous and Arteta deserves high praise for the way he rejuvenated the back line.
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