What next for Mikel Arteta?




After a catastrophic start to the season, where Arsenal totally flattered to deceive with two(2) wins from the first two(2) games only to go on a prolonged run of disaster class, Arsenal decided to part ways with Unai Emery after a lot of debacle and protests from fans and pundits alike.

Freddie Ljungberg took over on an interim basis, with the club keen to take their time on any potential managerial replacement. Freddie Ljungberg would go on to lift the team spirit and marginally improve performance level but the results where more of the same as Arsenal would only rattle out a solitary victory in his short tenure as boss.

Arsenal would then proceed to appoint Pep Guardiola's assistant from Manchester City, in the person of Mikel Arteta. Arteta took charge of his first Arsenal game as manager in a 1-1 draw at the Vitality stadium against Bournemouth, after watching from the stands in the weekend of the previous week as Arsenal battled to a goalless draw against Everton.

Mikel Arteta has since taken charge of fifteen(15) games in total, winning eight(8), drawing five(5) and losing two(2), which is an improvement on what he met when he arrived. Beyond the results, have been a massive improvement in the performances, there has been an uncharacteristic coordination in play patterns and a long lost fighting spirit, as evidenced in the draw at Stanford Bridge after trailing twice with ten(10) men.

Mikel Arteta has given every one member of the first team squad chances and matches to prove their mettle and show him what they can do. Some have taken them and some have not, Mikel Arteta now has work to do in sieving his squad. The season will first have to be completed of course, as we pray and hope that the Corona virus pandemic takes a halt.

But inevitably, the transfer window will roll around, and Arteta will have big decisions to make, what next Mikel?

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