Arsenal’s ‘crazy’ mentality shift – how far will Mikel Arteta’s Gunners Go?
Arsenal’s tone at Emirates Stadium was depressing even in May last year when they opened the campaign with three straight losses.
How Far Can The Arsenal Go?
The Gunners were on the verge of making it into the Champions League, but two consecutive losses in their final three matches, including a 3-0 loss to Tottenham, allowed their neighbours to finish fourth.
But all seems to have changed since the arrival of defender William Saliba from loan stints in Ligue 1 and the acquisition of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
For the first time since 2004-05, Arsenal won all three of their initial Premier League games after defeating Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday. In the opening 11 minutes of that victory, Martin Odegaard scored twice, and Saliba added a third. Since taking over in December 2019, the boss, Mikel Arteta, said: “Winning completely changes life. The ambience is favourable. The harmony is amazing.
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“In life, difficult times strengthen you and teach you more than happy times. We don’t want to experience that awful situation again. However, the Spaniard claimed that being in first place after only three games “means nothing.” “What it implies is that the team is enacting and vying well. We won three games, we scored goals, we kept clean sheets, and the team is playing and performing well. But it’s about Monday, improving in other areas, and concentrating on Fulham instead.
The same lineup has been used by Arsenal for all three of their games, featuring Brazilian attacker Jesus and Ukrainian left-back Zinchenko, who earned four titles with City. Martin Keown, a former Arsenal defender, said on BBC Match of the Day that “Zinchenko’s class appears to be contagious in this Arsenal team, and he is currently setting the standards. Saliba, a defender for France, joined the Gunners 3 years ago and has since spent time on loan at Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille.
Jesus, who typically served as a substitute and played wide for City, seems to like being Arsenal’s focal point up front. Ramsdale remarked, “I believe we have the Gabby from the time he was young in Brazil. He is vying for all the balls while being hungry. We noticed he was a great player, but I was surprised by the kind of person he is. He’s always happy, but he also has a competitive streak that is now affecting our team.
Glenn Murray, a former Brighton striker, commented on BBC Radio 5 Live that Arteta’s situation is simply part of the process. This was the reasoning behind bringing him in, and it took some time. Fans have remained loyal to him despite a lot of intense arguments.
Former England player Jamie Redknapp expressed his admiration for what he witnessed at Bournemouth on Sky Sports. He said that they are currently opposed. They are tough and have a lot of strength. When you can bring in players such as Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney, you begin to wonder: Why can’t they go on and achieve something? For a few years, there has been a soft underbelly. Saliba has a Rolls-Royce exterior. He picked up the game in France, and he now has a manly appearance. There is an aura surrounding him.
“The improvement Jesus has brought them is indescribable. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, their strikers, used to be spotted around and about. He wants to challenge himself and get harmed. It sets an example for everybody to imitate.