Is there anyone out there that still does not think Mikel Arteta is the right man to manage The Arsenal?
Arsenal have started this season where they finished off last – in fabulous form.
3 wins from the opening 3 games; 2 clean sheets.
The win over Leicester made it 6 wins in a row (if you count the victory of Liverpool in the Community Shield) and 8 wins in the last 9 games.
In that time we have won the FA Cup and Community Shield.
Arteta has now won 62.5% of all Arsenal games he has manage. For perspective:
When you consider where we were when Arteta took over, the turn around is remarkable.
Arteta’s first game was on 26th December – a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.
Arsenal went into the game 11th in the table with just 23 points from 18 games (1.27 points per game) – 9 points off top 4.
In the remaining 20 games of the season, Arsenal got 33 points (1.65). Arsenal won the 6th most points in the league – just 1 less than Chelsea who gained 4th most.
We might have only ended up in 8th place, but that was more to do with what went on before Arteta under Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg.
Had we continued at 1.27 points per game, we would have finished 12th. Arteta’s 1.65 points per game would have been enough to see us 5th.
When you consider Arteta took over a team low on confidence, in poor fitness and without a game plan, the recovery was never going to be a quick one.
From January 1st, just 2 games after Arteta took over, Arsenal’s points per game shoots in to 1.77. That would have been enough to see us finish 4th.
So in the 18 games before Arteta took over, we were on course for 12th. In the last 18 games of the season, we showed top 4 form.
And it is not like Arteta had it easy during those games.
Under Arteta, Arsenal have face: Chelsea x 3, Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester City x 2, Tottenham, Wolves and Liverpool x 3.
Of the 32 games he has overseen, 10 have been against teams that finished about us in the league. He certainly has not stay padded.
Arsenal have improved dramatically under Arteta.
You can see on the pitch we are fitter, playing to a plan, and players are engaged with Arteta. Listening to him. Following his instructions.
Compare this to Emery last season when players looked like they didn’t have a clue what they were doing.
We are at the beginning of our journey under Arteta, and in upcoming weeks we trace to Liverpool, Man City and Man U.
But we have started this season in fantastic form. And having beaten Liverpool, Man City and Man U last season under Arteta, we can go into these games looking to get a result – not wondering how much we will lose by.
If anyone is not backing Arteta, then maybe football is not really for them.
Onwards and upwards with Mikel Arteta’s red and white army.