Over the past nine months, those who watch Arsenal on a regular basis, whether it be supporters or media, have become increasingly impressed with the job being done by Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff.
Although the buffering job Freddie Ljungberg done mustn’t be forgotten, the state at which the Gunners were when Arteta took charge, and how quickly he was able to transform them has been exceptional for a man if his first managerial job.
It was clear from his debut as then-head coach against Bournemouth why the club’s hierarchy were so insistent on landing him. Since then, the way he has guided the side tactically as well as with more one-on-one man management has allowed the side to flourish despite all that has happened in the unforgettable year that is 2020.
With that came the rearranged, elongated summer transfer window which, of course, brought its own issues. Considering focus was shunted onto the summer window during lockdown, the club have had near-six months with transfer business in the spotlight.
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From the start of transfer talks in Spring, to the end [for now] on Monday’s deadline day, however, Arteta made huge strides to rebuilding the trust between Arsenal and those who follow them so closely. While the mood about what happens at the club can change in a matter of minutes on the outside, since taking the hotseat, the Spaniard has remained consistent, honest and almost unmatched in his confidence.
As has been the case in years previous, the major challenge the Gunners faced early on was whether or not they would keep their key players. In particular, this applied to Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who were both heading into the final year of their respective contracts with the club, of course leading to links with moves away.
Despite this, and not…