When Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal manager in 2019, the club was in a state of disarray and was facing an uncertain future. The team was struggling to achieve consistent results and had not won a major trophy in almost ten years. Despite having a talented squad of players, there seemed to be something missing at the club – its soul.
Arteta recognised this immediately and was determined to bring back the connection between the players and supporters that had been lost over the years. He quickly set about changing things around, making sure that everyone felt welcome and valued. He brought back some of Arsenal’s traditional values such as hard work, dedication and respect for one another.
He also implemented an attractive attacking style of football, which saw Arsenal rise up the Premier League table last season. His vision soon became clear; he wanted to build a team capable of competing with Europe’s elite clubs once again. This led to key signings such as Thomas Partey which bolstered their midfield options, while Gabriel Magalhaes improved their defence significantly.
His efforts paid off when Arsenal reached the Europa League Final 2020-2021 season, where they faced Villareal in an epic battle that went all the way to penalties before eventually losing out agonisingly 3-2 on spot kicks. Whilst they may have come up short on this occasion, it showed just how far Arteta had taken them within months of taking over at the helm.
This season has been even more impressive for Arsenal with Arteta leading them up to second place in the league after twenty-four games played so far. It is clear then that Arteta has achieved what many thought impossible by transforming Arsenal into a title-challenging team once again. He has managed to do this by putting faith in his players and bringing back pride into wearing the famous red-and-white kit; a sign that he believes in Arteta’s project at Arsenal Football Club. If you are interested in Arsenal kit 23/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.
Going forward it remains to be seen whether or not Arteta can lead Arsenal further towards success but it is already clear that he has instilled belief amongst players and fans alike and given new hope for what could be achieved under his guidance; restoring pride back into one of England’s most successful teams in recent times.