If I could, for a moment, take a sample of one, to make a grandiose point about Public Relations.
The most-read article of the past year on Le Grove was the Mike McDonald post titled: What is Arteta doing?
Does this mean I should retire? Possibly. Mike smashed me. Are my feelings hurt? Absolutely. But let’s turn this into a positive.
The insight: Fans don’t know what is going on at Arsenal.
If there is an information vacuum, we fill it. Have you seen the comment: ‘Arteta plays boring football because he was a boring player.’ That is what happens when you don’t know what the plan is.
Fans spent all summer in the dark as to what the plans were. We spent 3 games not really grasping what was happening at the club. Only this week have we started to get a bit of information regarding some of the realities.
This is a huge week for the Arsenal project because there are two very different games that are both very, very important.
Firstly, the kids have to put on a good show in the League Cup. There’s a huge reason for them to show up and make a show of it. This is the main opportunity Patino, Omari, Balogun, and Hein will get to impress the coaching staff. Win this and they are rolling like a peak-Wenger team, lose and they’ll be banking on an injury crisis or a late loan.
Leicester, the absolute darlings for some Arsenal fans are now on the same points as Arsenal after 5 games. Rodgers out, anyone? Didn’t think so.
Chelsea showed that they are actually pretty decent, dispatching of Spurs in a clinical fashion. No doubt Spurs are saving their best for next weekend, but it doesn’t look good for them, Harry Kane is not looking the £150m player he was during the summer. Thiago Silva, same age as me, dropping a worldie performance again.
West Ham lost, which is good for us really, but they were really, really decent. David Moyes subbing on a penalty taker was peak awful, but they were as good as United most of the game. Their football is… exciting.
Arsenal showed up to Burnley away and put up a fight to be proud of. The oldest team of brutes in the Premier League did exactly what they always do… they battled, threw long balls at our defence, and they worked the second balls like demons. Arsenal were more than a match for them and they showed the sort of character that gets the fans moist at the loins.
The difference on the day was a Martin Odegaard freekick. After 2 seasons of watching David Luiz sky shots into the car park, it was a relief to see the young Norwegian place a freekick over the wall to break the deadlock.
The toughest part of the day was watching the clunkiness in the final third. We’re just not quite there when we break. The positions we’re taking up are good, the distance we’re out isn’t far, but it’s apparent that we’re not a well-oiled machine yet. The players are too good for that to remain the case for much longer. But it needs work.
Why do we keep hearing that Arsenal are 100% behind Mikel Arteta regardless of form and results?
Arsenal under Mikel Arteta are going through massive change. Quite something for a new coach to be trusted with. There are 3 main tasks that he’s been given or decided that are crucial in turning around the fortunes of the club.
Sustainable modern footballing structure
I believe the reason that he has the trust of the club is that he is strong in all 3 areas. Many other coaches would want ready-made players and wouldn’t want to fool with culture issues.