Why Arteta and Arsenal have more at stake than their rivals in the Premier League over the last 10 games


When Mikel Arteta was entered in the analysis room of the football training with Arsenal at London Colney on his first day as head coach, he sent a message to the staff who was waiting with impatience: “You’re going to have a lot of work to do – you know that, right? “A smile appeared on his face as he embraced those who surrounded him, but the sentiment was serious.The meticulous attention to Arteta in the details appeared for the first time when he was a player, passing frequently, of time after being trained to watch videos of upcoming opponents without being invited. This has also characterized his time as a coach at Manchester City, working alongside Pep Guardiola, and helped convince the Gunners in December last year to overlook his lack of experience in management for entrusting him with the difficult task of reviving a team that had become fractured and uninspired under Unai Emery. . However, there was little time to implement a significant change.

The winter holidays in February have offered a chance to start this work, but only now, although in unusual circumstances and adverse, Arteta has been an extended period of time to shape Arsenal more in his image. The last 10 games of the Premier League season 2019-2020, which will begin Wednesday, Manchester City, offer the first glimpse of the Arsenal of Arteta. The result will have important implications for all parties concerned.

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The first five games of Arteta in charge took place over 17 days at the beginning of the year. It has then had a week of clear to work with his players before the winter holidays provided by the club in the Premier League in early February. The Spaniard took his players to Dubai for the first training camp long and significant of its mandate, has finally given the time to nurture the seeds planted during this burst of matches. A recovery period was preceded by six training sessions, focused and successful.

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The only defeat in this race has led to an embarrassing 32nd exit from the Europa League to Olympiacos – a reality, no doubt – but if there was a correlation between this training period with the concerted and better results, Arsenal should be backed up by the prospect of a longer period in the scenes under the tutelage of Arteta to build on these foundations.

However, this has not been a training block regular. The clubs have had to adapt to the security requirements of the COVID-19, the training sessions by contact making a late return after several phases of training in a small group or individual. The players have not been allowed access to the common areas, thus depriving them of interactions so important to engender the team spirit. Arteta has not, therefore, quick to reject any suggestion that he was no longer at a disadvantage in taking the club in mid-season.

“This [return to training] wasn’t exactly a pre-season because I didn’t have the players for six weeks, but we have tried to use everything we could, ” said Arteta, embracing the novelty of a press conference before a game, held via Zoom Monday before the trip on Wednesday at Manchester City.

“If you ask me,” what is this that I learned the most ” , he probably used different ways of communicating. Use of technology is part of it, but from my side, it is difficult to communicate with the players, talk to them and try to enter them without touching them, or see them. It has been a challenge, but we’ve tried to do everything we can to help them to better understand what we are trying to do to convince them that this is the right way for them to enjoy their profession. Let’s see if we have done a good job or not. ”

The methods Arteta were leased to Arsenal since his arrival in January, but there is still a lot of work to do and the failure in the remaining games should put the brakes on planning their future. Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images

The answer will come in the coda of 10 games in the campaign 2019-2020, providing a test of its methodology and a determination of the resources that will be available in the future. In this regard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the key to the two situations.

Arsenal will have a slight chance to revise four teams and five points up to the fifth place currently necessary for the football of the champions League without their captain, talismanic continues its beautiful shape. Since his debut with the Gunners in February 2018, only Mohamed Salah to Liverpool (51) has scored more goals in the Premier League in 49 of Aubameyang.

Disturbing noises on the club’s finances also make the need of european football, in a form even more acute, regardless of whether the lower yields of the qualification in the Europa League or a return in the champions League for the first time since their exit in the round of sixteen finals in 2016. -17. This would probably not be alone to persuade Aubameyang to stay, but a clear vision of the future progress of these last 10 games of the Premier League – perhaps with a prolonged run in the FA Cup – would strengthen the argument that Arteta can succeed where Emery failed.



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Arteta has confirmed that there was no problem of fitness before the visit of Arsenal to the Etihad stadium, and it can start with something approaching a clean slate. Paint the canvas a manner that is both aesthetic and suggesting a deeper meaning, will help to convince the players of Arsenal is a club that deserves to be engaged.

Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos will start all of the last year of their contract next season. The agreement of David Luiz expires this month. Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid is a target of a desired but expensive. Big decisions are coming out in regards to the team, and Arsenal can emerge from this season on a restoration path, or retreat farther into the wilderness.

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Even private supporters, Man City is a difficult place to cross. There have been signs that Arteta has provided a degree of resilience in the defensive Arsenal, but a careful examination of his organizational skills expected. During his first training session, Arteta has forced its players to face the sacks to strengthen them when challenges for possession, a trick he repeated in preparing to face Burnley.

But the complex movement and the passing speed of the City offer a threat polar opposite. The counter effectively would proof the dexterity of Arteta as a coach and would be a particularly emotional for a team that has not won against a team in the traditional “Big Six” since January 2015. Arteta was part of the Arsenal team that day, beating Man City 2-0.

Arteta has perhaps not had the pre-season that he wanted, but the players received “a lot of homework” during this interruption. Video clips, detailed have included the identification of patterns of favorite game and the route optimization in certain situations through the use of specific clips from previous matches.

Players can have excuses for a lack of sharpness of the match, but there can be no doubt about what is being asked, as were the staff at the disposal of Arteta. The next 10 games will show whether this message is really going on.


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