It’s been almost six months since Arsenal finally announced Mikel Arteta as their new boss after many weeks of speculation about who would be taking up the role and the fans have been greatly satisfied with what he has so far achieved at the club. Arteta has made a number of improvements but there’s one that doesn’t get enough mentions.
Arsenal suffered for a long time under Unai Emery and the last two months of him as the club’s manager were saddening and disappointing as he tried to try many different combinations to try to lineups in order to win matches but he ultimately failed and was as a result fired in November.
As we have already mentioned, Arteta has improved a number of things at the club in his first few months at the club but what doesn’t get enough mentions is how he took the squad back to the basics of trying to build relationships/partnerships on the pitch since the players had got none of that throughout the season under Unai Emery since the former PSG boss kept changing formations and lineups every week.
The first thing that Arteta did was choose his favourite formation and it was the 4-2-3-1 and he has stuck up to it through all the 15 matches that he has managed despite losing many of his players to injuries. Staying true to one formation is very important as the players stopped trying to be ready for different systems and instead focussed on improving on the already set system and this probably helped Arteta to earn their trust as Calum Chambers did once say while still under Emery that it is sometimes usually hard to adapt to a new formation when you weren’t used to playing in it.
Injuries stopped Arteta from having a consistent back four but he was however consistent in picking up his midfield as the gunners started with Xhaka, Ceballos and Ozil in a good number of games while this wasn’t usually the case with Unai Emery as he would usually try to change formations and lineups every week hence no building of partnerships on the pitch. So this also needs to be usually mentioned in the things that Arteta has improved as having a consistent system is very important.