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Edu’s “really tough” Mikel Arteta task after Arsenal’s sudden U-turn in form

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was feeling the pressure after three consecutive starts to the season, but the Gunners have kickstarted their season with a trio of wins since

Arteta delivers verdict on Arsenal’s win over Tottenham

A month is a lifetime in football and nobody understands that quite as much as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

It was August 28 when the Gunners were left licking their wounds again, after they were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad.

That result left them on no points from their opening three Premier League games, with nine conceded and no goals for themselves.

Following the heavy defeat to City, the pressure surrounding Mikel Arteta appeared to have finally reached a crescendo.

The favourite to be the next boss to leave, Arteta’s days in the Emirates dugout looked numbered.



Just a month ago, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looked under serious pressure




But fast-forward just a month and the picture looks infinitely more rosy.

In four games in all competitions since that capitulation against City, Arsenal have won all of them, with eight goals scored and just one consolation strike coming the other way.

Their dramatic upturn in form was perfectly summed up by their dismantling of north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

In contrast to their old foes, Arsenal looked fluid, full of confidence and with a clear gameplan of not only how to hurt their opponents, but of how to limit what was coming the other way.









Remarkably, they now sit just four points off early league leaders Liverpool and a win over Brighton on Saturday night would mean their nightmare start can be left in the past.

Recent form has also backed up technical director Edu’s assessment that Arsenal would quickly find their feet once the injury issues which hampered their start cleared up.

Edu, who was speaking after the conclusion of the summer window, hinted to Arteta that he would only be judged once he had his full complement of players – a task he has passed with ease.



Edu was adamant Mikel Arteta would turn it around once his squad was fully fit
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“I want to see the signings and I want to see the squad prepare,” he told Sky Sports at the start of September. “All three games we have played against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, unfortunately we have had some difficult moments in terms of Covid and injuries.

“I want to see the team play together and then let’s judge the team when they play together. Then, after that, no problem. Judge us then.

“I understand the situation we are in now is really tough. It’s not an excuse but let’s judge the team when they play together. “





The Brazilian also warned that the club’s head coach must improve, with signs that has quickly been taken on board.

Edu added: “How are we going to change it? I want to see the players step forward and say now is a good moment to go and play.

“I want to improve myself and try to help the club. Mikel has to improve, and the coaching staff has to improve. That’s the moment to be together.”

There’s still a long way to go before those doubts are fully quashed, but Arteta has at least given himself some breathing room for the next month.


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