Past, Present And Future: The Reasons Mikel Arteta Is the Perfect Fit For Arsenal

Past, Present And Future: The Reasons Mikel Arteta Is the Perfect Fit For Arsenal
12:09, 20 Dec 2019

Mikel Arteta has been announced as the new manager of Arsenal, signing a three and a half year contract, and the football world is watching on with plenty of intrigue.

“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club," he told the club's website.

The former Gunner comes with a huge reputation as the next big thing having worked closely with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but has zero frontline experience.

"When you have a dream you cannot stop it," Guardiola said on Friday. "Arsenal was an important part of Mikel's career. One of the best teams in England.

"We wish him all the best. I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job."

Here, The Sportsman runs through why his appointment is a positive one for the north Londoners.

The Past - His history with Arsenal

The Spaniard was a hugely respected figure at The Emirates.


Arriving from Everton in 2011, the midfielder’s displays endeared him to the Gunners faithful as he mixed skill with graft.

Now 37 after retiring in 2016, he played during one of the most tumultuous times in Arsenal history as supporters grew frustrated with the Arsene Wenger regime.

For that reason, he knows exactly what he is dealing with, as the despair never really subsided under Unai Emery.

Arteta will be confident he can bring the team and club together, playing the Arsenal way, fully aware of what is expected.

Respected, Arteta will look to control the dressing room and identify a captain as the previous set-up was too muddled.

The Present - His time with the best

As a coach at Manchester City, he has learned from the best in Pep Guardiola and enjoyed huge success.

Employed by his fellow Barcelona graduate at the Etihad, Arteta has helped guide one of the greatest sides in Premier League history and has the winning mentality Arsenal so desperately after several seasons of failure.

Given time, he can nurture the squad and grow belief.

Much of Guardiola’s dominance comes from how he makes players feel. He encourages them, he gets the best out of them, he pushes them.

Arteta is his own man but will no doubt take so much of the expert knowledge he has gained first hand from Pep.

The future - A thoroughly modern coach

Arteta is still three years off forty and is a forward thinker.

He knows how to win in today’s game and his methods should be fresh and exciting.

As the footage shows from his time with the Wales FA as he completed his coaching badges, he is firm in his thoughts and ethos but is keen to help his players enjoy their football.

It’s fair to say the Arsenal players haven’t had much fun this season but if he can get a tune out of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette and put some smiles back on faces, the Gunners can be a dangerous force again.

With wing-backs so key now, and certain systems deploying three frontmen, pressing so important and transition of play, Arteta can be a forerunner in the modern game while shaping the next developments.

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