Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has experienced mixed reactions during his 13 months as manager. Arteta Arsenal’s may have made the worst start to a Premier League campaign in over 40 years but recent form could turn their fortunes around.
The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League in their last six matches and have shifted into the top half of the table after being just four points away from the relegation zone some time back.
Arteta has enjoyed success and also received heavy criticism during his tenure but he has managed to solve one of Arsenal’s biggest issues and it might not be talked about enough.
Statistics show that Arsenal have improved defensively under Mikel Arteta. Using this season as a case study, Arsenal have conceded 20 goals in 20 League matches and only Manchester City (13) have conceded fewer goals.
In comparison with previous seasons, Arsenal on average conceded 1.26 goals per game last season, conceded 1.34 goals per game in 2018/19 and 2017/18.
Currently Arsenal on average have concede 1 goal per game which is the lowest in over 3 seasons.
This season Arsenal have kept 7 clean sheets already. With 18 games still left to play Arsenal will easily better their previous clean sheet records. In 2019/20 Arsenal kept 10 clean sheets, 8 during 2018/19, and 13 during 2017/18 and 2016/17.
Arsenal have also conceded the fewest penalties in the League this season which is a massive improvement from previous seasons. Positive stats are also reported on the amount of shots conceded, aerial duels and tackles made.
These statistics show clearly that Arteta has solved Arsenal’s defensive woes that they’ve had for the last 3-4 seasons and he deserves credit for this.