Arteta’s Arsenal has ensured possibly the worst start in the club’s history losing 2-0 to both Brentford FC and Chelsea respectively and later losing 5-0 to Manchester City to complete a hat trick of losses in their first three English Premier League of the season. It is safe to say Arsenal as a football club was going down so low that one may think they were on a mission to find oil underneath the earth’s surface.
As customary in situations like this, the majority of Arsenal fans were of the opinion of relieving Arteta of his managerial duties. Not long before #ArtetaOut started flooding social media. But whatever Arteta’s Arsenal was cooking, although the fans couldn’t see it, one can only assume the club’s board was perceiving it. Because they pledged to stand by Arteta’s Arsenal through thick, thin, ups and downs. One might liken their relationship to a marriage vow kind of relationship.
Well, it wasn’t long before things started going up for Arteta’s Arsenal again and the fans started singing “trust the process” again. And urging doubters to give Arteta time. And no, it wasn’t a rapid change of fortune. It started out with a 1 nil grind out of result against Norwich City at the emirates. Then followed by another 1 nil hard-fought victory away to Burnley. And before we knew it, Arteta’s Arsenal turned up against Tottenham Hotspur in style with a commanding 3-1 victory. But just when we felt our boys have arrived, they drew against both Brighton and Crystal Palace with the latter a narrow escape from defeat. I guess this was the wake-up call Arteta and his Arsenal boys needed to keep them grounded. Since then, Arteta’s Arsenal has gone on to win three consecutive EPL matches including an impressive 2-0 display against Leicester City. This has brought Arteta’s Arsenal to a run of 10 unbeaten games in all competition since the 5-0 trashing and the Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. And Arteta and his boys are sitting pretty at 5th position just ahead of English Premier League title contenders Manchester United.
Isn’t it amazing that a relegation-bound Arsenal is sitting at 5th position and 3points clear title contenders Manchester United and just 2points behind another title contender Liverpool who is at 4th position currently?
Speaking of Liverpool, Arteta’s Arsenal is faced with the task of taking them on at Anfield. Yes, there is generally a feel-good mood at Arsenal at the moment with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe shining for England as they qualify for the World cup. Arsenal’s keeper Aaron Ramsdale has also been in a good mood after keeping a clean sheet for England in their last qualifier match against San Marino. In fact, he has been a revelation so far at Arsenal and he is yet to suffer his first defeat while keeping for Arsenal this season. This is not bad for a keeper known for relegating almost everywhere he has been to so far. His stats so far for Arsenal is 9 games, 6 clean sheets, and 0 games lost. And he has successfully relegated Bernd Leno to Arsenal’s bench.
Before the international break, Arsenal might have been soaring high. Now the EPL is back and Liverpool is the first test Arteta’s Arsenal but passes before the fans can boldly say ARSENAL IS BACK.
Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, and Aaron Ramsdale may be in good forms at the moment but is their form enough to help Arteta’s Arsenal overcome Klopp’s Liverpool lead by the red hot Mohamed Salah and his supporting cast?
Maybe if the likes of Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turn up the way we know they can, Arteta’s Arsenal will be firing from all cylinders.