Mikel Arteta recorded his fiftieth Premier League win as a supervisor as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace in Friday night time’s Premier League opener and is now the second quickest Gunners boss to succeed in half a century of prime flight victories.
Arteta has taken 98 league video games to get up to now, with solely Arsene Wenger capable of higher that – the Arsenal icon racked up 50 league wins marginally sooner in 94 video games.
It speaks volumes concerning the job Arteta has carried out and continues to do for Arsenal. The Spaniard was tasked with basically ripping issues up and beginning once more after the considerably scattergraph tenure of predecessor Unai Emery, who had himself inherited a tough state of affairs from the retiring Wenger.
Wenger confronted the same situation when he first arrived in north London within the autumn of 1996 and rapidly set about revolutionising the membership in additional methods than merely on the pitch. Inside two years, Arsenal had been celebrating a Premier League and FA Cup double.
Arteta has a a lot harder problem on his arms to realize one thing like that so quick given the immense high quality of Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool, however his report in comparison with Wenger’s is a transparent indicator that his squad is on target.
It’s also price noting that since Arteta’s first sport in December 2019, solely Pep Guardiola (70) and Jurgen Klopp (64) have truly gained greater than his 50 Premier League video games.
As for yr on yr progress, Arsenal are already in higher form than they had been this time final yr once they misplaced to Brentford and went on to have their worst begin to a season for the reason that Nineteen Fifties.
A yr extra skilled, extra in tune with the supervisor’s philosophy and usually higher ready, Arteta’s Arsenal exhibits the type of resilience in opposition to Crystal Palace that hasn’t all the time been there over the 10-15 years – even throughout the later Wenger years. That was particularly so when the house aspect turned up the strain within the second half and the Selhurst Park crowd received louder.
At 40, Arteta continues to be a younger supervisor and there’s a feeling that this undertaking is barely actually simply getting began.
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