Arteta Looking Forward to the Winter Break: So Are We
Arteta has been at Arsenal for just six weeks but it seems like forever. Maybe it’s because of the way things have drastically changed since he joined the club. Arsenal began the campaign with fresh optimism following the vast array of new signings. Losing the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck was painful bearing in mind that they contributed a lot to the team’s cause during their years of service, but Arsenal signed Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and club record signing, Nicolas Pepe.
Life under Unai Emery was a struggle and the results clearly showed that he was living on borrowed time. It’s shocking to know how long it took our board to act. In the Europa League, Arsenal had a relatively easy group and began the competition with some exciting talents like Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka, whose performances shone through like bright lights in the dark campaign. The Carabao Cup offered the team a chance to go further with the young Guns,
Arteta took this daunting job in December 2019 and successfully transformed the team, bringing his own fresh ideas that has revitalized the team. Those players that struggled badly under Unai Emery have found their collective mojos and it’s evident that these lads are ready to shed blood, sweat and tears for Arteta. After a tumultuous period at the club, the winter break couldn’t come any sooner,
It’s good to go away. The players have been through a lot. The last two or three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off.
I wholeheartedly agree with Arteta on this one. The players have been through so much since the campaign began, and none can be compared to former club captain, Granit Xhaka, that fell out with the fans and was stripped off his captaincy. That was a terrible period for the player and the club with the results nothing to write home about.
With this winter break in the lovely Dubai, the lads will feel refreshed and will still have half an eye on the Newcastle game that comes up in a fortnight. Let’s be hopeful it will have the same positive effect we believe it should.
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