At the end of Arsène Wenger’s reign, some felt that Arsenal had become one of the most comfortable clubs.
The quality and balance of pleasure versus the structure of the workout was a concern raised.
How correctly the players were pushed and why the same stars were chosen independently was questioned.
There was a feeling that Arsenal was comfortable being close to the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign
But new manager Mikel Arteta has certainly set a marker to change the culture of the club
The same was true for locker room discipline, with some believing, among other things, that players had too many days off.
In the end, it seemed that the standards had been able to drift and, in particular, the actions no longer seemed to have consequences.
Unai Emery tried to improve things but did not have the authority. Enter Mikel Arteta in December, determined to succeed where Emery couldn’t.
Of course, it will take time for Arteta’s complete vision to materialize.
Unai Emery attempted to improve drift standards but lacked authority
And although their encouraging resurgence was frustrated by Leicester, after being reduced to ten men after the dismissal of Eddie Nketiah, improvements have undoubtedly been made both with a number of people and with the team.
Arteta certainly threw a marker in his attempt to change the culture of the club.
Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi, still excluded on Tuesday evening, will testify to this. Ozil hasn’t played a minute for Arsenal since the restart.
A back injury bothered him, but even in good shape, he was not called upon. Being Arsenal’s best salary at £ 350,000 a week is no longer guaranteed.
When available, Arteta hinted that Ozil was left out because he had stopped doing what earned him 10 successive league starts before the break.
Mesut Ozil, who hasn’t played a minute since the restart, will testify to the change in culture
Meanwhile, Arteta’s concerns about Guendouzi’s attitude resurfaced when he was involved in a controversy in Brighton last month.
He also didn’t help himself by arriving late for a follow-up meeting with Arteta and technical director Edu and, it appeared, Guendouzi has been training alone since.
Arteta has its “non-negotiable,” a minimum requirement that players work hard, and its flawless approach as a manager may not surprise those who know him at Arsenal as a player and captain – an accomplished and tenacious professional for standards, attitude and levels of application.
Nothing may have changed, but life at Arsenal has changed. Actions have consequences under Arteta.