Mikel Arteta has certainly had a performance roller coaster since joining Arsenal and it has been embodied this season.
The Gunners started off terribly and found themselves at the bottom of the league, but after a good run of results the club are now two points away from second place.
Overall, the Spaniard has had an impressive second year as a manager when it comes to statistics as the north London club have been one of the best teams in the league.
Despite the criticism Arteta has faced this year, he has surprisingly won more matches than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League.
Arsenal have won 18 Premier League games in this calendar year, while Liverpool have won 17, which is bizarre considering Arsenal’s eighth-place finish last season.
The current unbeaten streak Arsenal find themselves in is a huge testament to this, as Arteta’s side haven’t lost a league game since before the international break in September.
The Spaniard has created a robust defense which makes the team hard to beat, and which has also played a major role in the multiple 1-0 victories so far this season.
And in recent weeks, the offensive phase of the game for the Gunners has improved a lot since the formation change.
The 4-4-2 system allowed Arteta to play two forwards and Alexandre Lacazette’s impact proved to be decisive.
The new formation also unlocked Emile Smith Rowe’s potential on the left side, and his goal contributions were crucial for Arsenal’s victories in the final match days.
The transformation at the start of this season is why the North London team have 61 points so far this year, which is higher than Liverpool who have 58 points.
There are still games to play this year but if Arsenal keep that statistic ahead of Liverpool until the end of December, then the club will still be in the race to qualify for the Champions League, which was unthinkable at the start of the season. . .
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