Only a few weeks ago it looked like ex-Rangers star Mikel Arteta was staring down the barrel of the Gunners as Arsenal started their season with three straight defeats.

Appointed in December 2019, Arteta has had time to try and evolve an Arsenal team which many of its supporters feel has perennially underperformed over the last few years.


Ex-Rangers star and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was praised for his tactical set-up in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Without a Premier League championship since 2004, it’s been a frustrating period for Gunners supporters who’ve had to make do with five FA Cup wins in that period.

One of those was under the stewardship of Arteta in 2020.

But whilst there were videos aplenty of scorned Arsenal fans demanding the sacking of the Spaniard – who is a former Gunners midfielder – what a difference a few weeks can make in football.

Since a 5-0 Man City scolding Arsenal have now won four on the bounce, including three in the English Premier League.

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Their most recent came against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Arteta – far from be subject to aggressive Arsenal fans – earned plaudits for his side’s performance.

The 39-year-old manager saw his young Arsenal side race into a 3-0 lead within 35 minutes against their fiercest rivals. The match would eventually end 3-1.


The Coaches’ Voice would brand the victory “a hugely impressive coaching performance”.

This is a marked change in tone compared to the last few weeks after an early-season defined by Covid-19 call-offs and expensive investment at the Emirates.

Now things have settled Arteta will be hoping to climb the table but the result against Tottenham is a welcome one after a difficult start to the campaign.

Rangers fans always watch out for the progress of the ex-Ibrox midfielder – who was a £6m signing from Barcelona in 2002 – and fans will be hoping he can turn things around in London.

Arteta even visited Ibrox in pre-season as part of a special friendly commemorating the Ibrox club’s 150th anniversary such is the long-held friendship between the Gers and the Gunners.

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