Management is rarely straightforward. Even Pep Guardiola has faced the periods where he believed that some of his Manchester City squad were not listening to their boss.
The Catalan has been known to pass on team-talk duties to Arteta and the change of tone and approach had the desired effect at the Etihad. Trying to instil pride, urgency and determination into a group of underachievers who have caused the departure of Wenger and Unai Emery is a very different proposition.
However, anyone could rarely argue the fact that Arsene Wenger’s successor Unai Emery had a fairly unsuccessful 18 months in charge, missing out on the top four in his only full season, and on Wednesday it’ll be three years since they lifted their most recent piece of major silverware (and the last of Wenger’s reign) after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final. As Arsenal have seen a fairly swift fall from grace in the past few seasons.
More so, with the Gunners currently lie on number Nine on the log, their chances of qualifying to the next season European competition is not sure and the best possible way is for the Spaniard to beat his former boss. However, that can even be harder than qualifying through the table with respect to both team previous meetings in recent times.
The ex-Gunner's player can rarely be blamed for the woeful finish of Arsenal on the log, but his astuteness to the team progress cannot commend either. But as the unforgettable COVID-19 marred season is gradually winding down, all club’s are carefully planning to strengthen their team with little despite the effect of the COVUD-19 on clubs economic astute.
As a former contender to the most price gong in British football, Arsenal will be looking to rekindle their energy in fighting for the EPL in the next coming season. And, as the Gunners boss, Mikael Arteta will be faced with such a dilemma on who to go or stay and who to bring in for the new system he wants.
But they are still just five points off sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wonderers and I guarantee European competition participation next season, there is still plenty to play for against Europa League qualification. And without European football, the tendency of luring the beautiful talent in the world of football to the Emirate will be more daunting of a task. And the question remains, what the Spaniard needs to fulfil his potential as a coach in Arsenal.