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Is This the New Arsenal Mikel Arteta Promised the World?

Arsenal are proving to be an incomparable force as they remain the only English side this 2022-23 Premier League season with a flawless record. Four wins out of four, the Gunners sit above the rest of England’s best. Arsenal have only gone to win their first four league matches in a row for the fifth time in their 136-year long history. With things finally looking better than ever under Mikel Arteta, the fans have something to hope for.

Let’s take a look at why we thing Arsenal have all the elements needed to attain Premier League glory.

 

Resilience and Composure

Their recent game against Fulham serves as a testament to show Arsenal’s resilience and composure under pressure. The Gunners were relentless with their constant pressure on Fulham’s goal as the likes of Gabriel Jesus and skipper Martin Ødegaard kept the defenders busy. Former Gunner, Bernd Leno returned to the Emirates just weeks after his club exit to join Fulham on a permanent deal. No love was lost for the German keeper as the home fans welcomed him with applause. However, Leno’s hands were full with the constant threat that loomed over the Fulham penalty area.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, the second half saw a dreadful error by defender Gabriel Magalhaes which was capitalised by Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic to break the deadlock. However, just eight minutes later Arsenal captain Ødegaard managed to beat his former keeper to equalise. Tension was galore as the Emirates remained overwhelmingly loud in support of the Gunners. It wasn’t until the 85th minute when a corner kick was converted by none other than Arsenal’s No. 6 Gabriel. It was indeed a sweet moment of redemption for the Brazilian centre-back whose error had caused Arsenal a temporary setback.

The fans were jubilant to hear the final whistle blow as Arsenal completed an epic comeback to maintain their 100 percent record in the Premier League this season. Mikel Arteta’s process finally looks in motion.

 

Unquestionable Perseverance

This time last season, Arsenal were at the bottom of the league with three losses out of the first three league matches. Now, it’s the opposite with the Gunners standing above the rest. Former Gunner Mikel Arteta, who has led the Arsenal side in his playing days, was scrutinised for his unfruitful methods as the ‘Gooners’ were in splits. One half sang “Trust the Process” while the other cried “Arteta Out”. The entire Arsenal camp were under tremendous pressure as a return to the Champions League was the objective and they were nowhere to be found.

However, as it was very well documented in the Amazon show “Arsenal: All or Nothing”, Arteta made some very tough decisions, including Arsenal’s then-skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s untimely departure from the club amongst other things. The Gunners were bested by their North London rivals Tottenham for the Champions League spot, as Arsenal settled for Europa League football. Nevertheless, this was seen as massive progress by many as Arsenal were now staying on top half of the table.

 

A Visionary in Mikel Arteta

Arteta is lauded for his gutsy cleansing of the club by offloading household names such as Aubameyang and Mesut Ӧzil, who were viewed as some of Arsenal’s most prolific players. Arteta’s decision to axe these players was to get rid of their exorbitant wages that were costing the club eight figures yearly.

Arteta replaced them with players like Martin Ødegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and others who now appear to be the missing pieces of his puzzle. Ødegaard is now Arsenal’s permanent captain, Gabriel has already contributed more than any other player in terms of goals and Zinchenko has been sublime for the Gunners in the wing-back position. French defender William Saliba has been something of a blessing for the Gunners. He was signed back in the 2019-20 season but has been on three different loan deals, having not played for the Gunners once. Arteta finally gave the young Frenchman the green light in this season after observing his growth and maturity. It resulted in a man-of-the-match performance along with a clean sheet on his Premier League debut.

Arsenal at the moment have the necessary squad depth to be able to compete at the top level. Safe to say, they are doing a far better job than anyone expected from them. All thanks to the man who was moulded by Arsene Wenger and nurtured by Pep Guardiola. Arteta might finally be the one to bring the club back on track.

 

Are Arsenal returning to glory days?

When the Premier League was formed, the title fights were always between Arsenal and Manchester United. We have witnessed some iconic moments featuring the Gunners in the Premier League. Arsenal’s previous stadium Highbury was the theatre where dreams came true for all Arsenal fans. The Gunners have experienced league success on numerous occasions in that stadium. Most notably the 2003-04 season when Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal went through an entire season without losing, earning the squad the title of the ‘Invincibles’. Unfortunately, this would be the last time that Arsenal would win the league as they haven’t won since.

It has been 18 years since the last time Arsenal were called Champions of England. The club has been through financial turmoil caused by the cost of the new stadium, the Emirates, that saw many of their star players leave the club like Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and many more. The change in the ownership, followed by the change in the structure of the club operations saw Arsenal experience multiple setbacks. However, after all this, the club seems to have established some stability as they look set to gun for their first Premier League title in the Emirates.

Arsenal stay on top of the Premier League after four wins in four games. Some might say they are yet to face bigger teams. However, it is established that this new Arsenal side, led by Mikel Arteta has what it takes to get back on the top and compete for the league title. Will this be the year when the Gunners lift the silverware? We will find out soon.

Also Read: What Measures Are Nottingham Forest Taking to Stay in the Premier League?

   

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