Mikel Arteta recorded his fiftieth Premier League win as a supervisor as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace in Friday evening’s Premier League opener and is now the second quickest Gunners boss to succeed in half a century of top-flight wins.
Arteta has taken 98 league video games to get thus far, with solely Arsene Wenger in a position to higher that – the Arsenal icon amassed 50 league wins marginally faster in 94 video games.
It speaks volumes for the job Arteta has achieved and continues to do for Arsenal. The Spaniard was tasked with primarily tearing issues up and beginning over after the considerably scattergraph tenure of predecessor Unai Emery, who himself had inherited a tough scenario from the outgoing Wenger.
Wenger confronted an identical state of affairs when he first arrived in north London within the autumn of 1996 and rapidly set about revolutionizing the membership in additional methods than simply on the pitch. Within two years, Arsenal celebrated a Premier League and FA Cup double.
Arteta has a a lot more durable problem to realize such a feat so rapidly given the immense high quality of Manchester City and Liverpool, however his file in comparison with Wenger’s is a transparent indicator that his squad is heading in the precise path.
It’s additionally price noting that since Arteta’s first sport in December 2019, solely Pep Guardiola (70) and Jurgen Klopp (64) have truly gained greater than their 50 Premier League video games.
In phrases of year-on-year progress, Arsenal are already in higher type than this time final 12 months after they misplaced to Brentford and continued their worst begin to a season for the reason that Fifties.
A 12 months extra skilled, extra in tune with the supervisor’s philosophy and customarily higher ready, Arteta’s Arsenal are displaying the type of resilience in opposition to Crystal Palace that hasn’t all the time been there over the previous 10-15 years – even within the later Wenger years. This was particularly so when the residence facet elevated the strain within the second half and the Selhurst Park crowd grew louder.
At 40, Arteta continues to be a younger supervisor and there’s a way that this venture has actually solely simply begun.
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