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Arteta rebuilt Arsenal in three years. How has he changed since the first game?

Date: March 26, 2023 Time: 11:54:24

In recent years, the Premier League championship has invariably been played between Manchester City and Liverpool, with only occasionally Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham interfering in them. There was nothing foreshadowing that in the 2022/23 season, Arsenal would unexpectedly join the fight for the title, which even took the podium for the last time in 2016, and became champion even a long time ago, in 2004. One of the main One of the architects of the success was Mikel Arteta, who in just three years managed to transform the extinct Arsenal into a top club that confidently leads the Premier League table after matchday 20. In this article I propose to dive into December 2019, in which Arteta played the first game in charge of Arsenal (1:1 against Bournemouth), and see how the squad has changed and what has happened to the players over the years.

Bernd Leno

In 2019 he was considered one of the best goalkeepers in Germany, but a series of errors and instability led him to the bench in the 2021/2022 season.

After spending a year in the dugout, Leno moved to Fulham, where he rediscovered himself and, by statistical standards, is among the best goalkeepers in the league. His departure benefited everyone.

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Ansley Maitland-Niles

Four years ago, Maitland-Niles was considered a promising defender and Mikel Arteta was happy to give him opportunities on the field. Also, Ansley’s kick in the penalty shootout helped Arsenal win the FA Cup.

In 2021, Niles went to West Bromwich, a year later to Roma, and now he is playing on loan again for Southampton. Obviously, his days at Arsenal are numbered, and Arteta is clearly not counting on English in the future.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

By the time Arteta arrived, Sokratis was already past his peak, but he still managed to play two more seasons at a normal level. Before the 2021/22 season, Arteta expressed his desire to get rid of the Greek, that he went to Olympiacos, where he plays to this day.

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david louise

Much more useful was David Luiz, who not only shone in defense but also excelled in attack, including thanks to his elegant free kicks and penalties. He surely could continue to satisfy Arteta’s requests, but age made itself felt.

Louis after Arsenal did not stay in Europe, but went home to play for Flamengo. In April he will turn 36, but he is still one of the brightest defensemen.

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Bukayo Saka

About four years ago, Saka was just a good and promising runner who, although he entered the field, could definitely not be called a leader. Now Saka has become the pride of Arteta, whom he has managed to turn into a strong attacker for Arsenal and international with England. This season he has 7 + 7 points in 19 games and his signing has amounted to 100 million euros.

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lucas torreira

Even during Unai Emery’s training, Lucas Torreira suffered a serious injury, after which he could not reach the previous level. Already in the first transfer window under Arteta’s orders, the Uruguayan left London.

After the Premier League, Torreira tried his luck at Atlético de Madrid, Fiorentina, and now plays for Galatasaray, although he is only 26 years old.

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Xhaka Granite

As in the case of Saka, Arteta began to trust the Swiss immediately, and each season Xhaka only progresses, even that is reflected in goals scored and assists. In 2021 there were rumors that Granit would go to Roma for José Mourinho, but Arteta convinced the midfielder to sign a contract, and now Xhaka has become a key player in midfield.

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nelson rhys

Mikel Arteta almost immediately “rejected” the ward of the club, who played only three incomplete games in the Premier League in two full seasons, after which he left for Feyenoord, where he also played unconvincingly. It seemed that there was nothing left for him to do at Arsenal, but Arteta began to give the boy a few more chances, who responded gratefully with two goals scored and one assist in three games.

There is hope for the realization of the talent, but so far Nelson doesn’t justify the advances.

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Mesut Ozil

Arteta took charge of Arsenal when Mesut was utterly exhausted and did not look like his old self. Arteta quickly realized that the bum on the pitch, Ozil, did not fit his style of play at all, and for this reason the German of Turkish origin went to Fenerbahçe.

For three years in Turkey, Ozil gave a normal season, but at the same time he managed to quarrel with everyone and get into scandals.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang had the least obvious race. The Gabonese striker brought Arteta his first trophy, scoring in the FA Cup semi-finals and final, but after the contract extension, Pierre-Emerick soured and later fell out with the head coach.

As a result, the striker ended up in Barcelona, ​​​​he returned to the Premier League to play for Chelsea and now he again turned out to be unnecessary for the English club. Under Arteta’s leadership it was his last brilliant segment of his career.

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Alejandro Lacazette

It is not to say that Lacazette was bad at Arsenal, and Arteta tried by all means to improve the striker’s efficiency, but he could not do anything with the Frenchman’s stability. Arteta opted for other more modern strikers and Alejandro returned to Lyon, where he once again enchants.

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Go out

Eight of the 11 players are no longer on the squad. Arteta undertook a large-scale restructuring of the team in a short time, not even being afraid to get rid of such leaders as Lacazette and Leno, but as the results of the current season show, the 40-year-old coach did everything right.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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