Mikel Arteta picked up Arsenal’s first win of the new season with a rampant 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion sending the Gunners into the third round of the Carabao Cup, but questions continue to be asked of the Spaniard.
The Arsenal boss walked through the doors of London Colney in December 2019 taking over from Unai Emery following the side’s faltering forms and vanishing identity that was once world-famed under Arsene Wenger.
However, as Arteta enters his second full season at the Emirates he has reportedly already been handed a five-game deadline to turn his fortunes around, in light of two goalless losses in each of the club’s opening pair of Premier League clashes.
With his job now under considerable scrutiny, Arteta must start to show immediate signs of improvement from when he first started the role despite having now finished eighth in success Premier League seasons, and also without European football for the first time in 26 years.
Tom Canton, Bailey Keogh and Chris Davison, who are all from the Arsenal Fan Brands team, spoke on the pressure mounting on Arteta’s shoulders debating what progress he has made live on The Arsenal Way show via football.london’s Arsenal page.
Kickstarting the debate, Davison began proceedings by arguing that Arteta initially did a good job of lifting the spirits of the squad, who had been through a tough spell that saw Emery dismissed from his role.
“Some improvements have been made, especially in Arteta’s initial stages at the club as head coach,” Davison said. “He had the job on picking up a very down and deflated dressing room under Emery.
“It’s always difficult for a manager to come in and pick up a squad after a disappointing period but I think he picked up the heads of those players pretty quickly.”
Davison continued as he highlighted some of the attractive football that was first produced by Arteta, alluding that the potential is there.
He said: “A good example of the football we can play under Arteta is in the FA Cup against Manchester City and Chelsea, in which we won.
“We were playing some nice football, some really nice movement on the pitch. You could see the style Arteta had implemented; playing out from the back, there was a clear plan as to how we would move the ball up the pitch and get past the City defence.”
Davison added that the initial months under Arteta were so promising and that Arsenal had seemingly finally clawed back the identity they had lost under Emery, confused as to how it crumbled away.
“There was a clear plan, a clear identity and it was good to see. It was winning us games, but now it is quite the opposite,” said Davison.
“There doesn’t seem to be that plan on the matchday in the way the team is set out. There doesn’t seem to be that identity of football.”
Our Fan Brands content editor concluded by addressing his concerns and worries claiming that Arsenal have started going backwards now despite showing great initial improvements.
“There doesn’t seem to be that identity anymore. We are going backwards rather than forwards. It’s weird because we did have that plan and identity.
“We have gone back to square one again and that is concerning. I’m not sure why.”
Source by Football London