Mikel Arteta achieves something even Arsene Wenger couldn’t with mixed start away from home

Mikel Arteta is unbeaten in his first four away league games as Arsenal manager.

Okay, so it doesn’t feel great being an Arsenal fan at the moment, but perhaps a bit of perspective is needed?

Our new rookie manager Mikel Arteta has come in midway through the 2019/20 campaign, with no pre-season to adjust to his new team, and having inherited a badly struggling squad low on confidence after a dire start under Unai Emery.

With that in mind, it’s kind of impressive that the new Arsenal manager has managed an unbeaten start away from home in the Premier League – a run now stretching to four games after today’s trip to Burnley.

Sure, the 0-0 draw at Turf Moor was not a memorable display by any means, but Burnley are also not always the easiest side to travel to either.

And according to Opta man Tom Ede in the tweet below, Arteta has become the first manager in our history to go unbeaten in his first four away league games.

This means he’s managed something even the great Arsene Wenger didn’t when he took over back in the 1996/97 season, with the Frenchman losing his third away league game 1-0 at Manchester United.

This does also mean, however, that Arteta is the first Gunners boss since George Graham in 1986 to fail to win any of his first four away league games.

I’m sure we’ll get there, and this is a solid platform to build on!

8 Comments

  1. McLovin says:

    I think we need a summer clearout and new players in several positions:

    Aubameyang probably isn’t going to renew, so sell him and Lacazette both. We’ve seen what they can do, and Lacazette is not as profilic as our forwards should be.

    Özil, sell him or release, don’t really care. His stay is long due. Ceballos back to Real. I think Xhaka should be sold on as well. We’ve seen what he can do, which isn’t much and I don’t think he’s difficult to replace.

    In defense, retain AMN, Bellerin, Tierney, Holding and Luiz. We will probably let Chambers stay as well because he will still be injured. End of the line for Mustafi, Kolasinac and Sokratis. I don’t know about Mari or Soares, but I have a feeling we won’t be acquiring Soares and he will serve as a back up this spring.

    Leno, Martinez. I’m really happy with both of them. Goalkeeping is fine IMO.

    Definitely keep our homegrown kids Nketiah, Saka, Nelson, Willock. They were free, fill the homegrown quota and are still very young. Plus they are not on high wages. They occasionally have a good game and have time to improve. They will serve as rotation players, and fine with that.

    Keep Pepe, Torreira, Martinelli, Guendouzi. They are quite young, and have shown moments of brilliance.

    So overall for reasons of inconsistent performances, high wages, little contribution or reluctance to renew, I would sell:

    Aubameyang, Lacazette, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Özil.

    Replacing them will be difficult and probably expensive. We need to find reasonably priced players, like Liverpool did when they bought Mane, Salah and Firmino for total of 90m.

  2. El kaissi says:

    We should never start gwendozie, he doesn’t play good partnering any of our mid field players.. If not for height I prefer Torriera partnering Xhaka in the midfield. Yesterday shows it all

  3. McLovin says:

    Saliba is coming, so he will replace Mustafi/Sokratis. If Pablo Mari performs well, he will be another replacement for Mustafi/Sokratis. I reckon we will be after Upamecano again, as he will enter the final year of his contract. Strange he hasn’t renewed yet, but I reckon he could be available for 25-30m next summer.

    Meunier of PSG would be free so he would be a great replacement/back up for Bellerin.

    In midfield, we need a goal scoring CM. We have defensive minded midfielders playing all roles, being jack of all trades and masters of none. Stick Guendouzi and Torreira into defensive unit, and bring in creative and goal-scoring CM. Aouar (Lyon) or Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg) are few players I follow a bit. They score every now and then, create few chances but also work to retain possession. Szoboszlai won’t probably cost more than 15m, so I would go for someone like him. He’s tall, very technical and very young.

    Replacing Aubameyang and Lacazette will probably be the hardest and most expensive issue to solve. Timo Werner is probably on the move but I think the big boys will be after him. Myron Boadu, who’s killing it at Eredivisie (19 goals, 13 assists at 19 years!) will probably be more realistic. Since Aubameyang has been playing LW, we will likely go after 1 striker and 1 left winger. I really like Kosovar Milot Rashica, playing at Werder Bremen. Keep and eye for him!

    Replacing Özil shouldn’t be hard. At the moment he’s not scoring or assisting, so someone like Ziyech would do just fine.

    1. S says:

      Eredivisie is the same standard as the Scottish prem, a good player there is more often than not a bad player in another league.

    2. Reggie says:

      A couple of good posts Mc i agree with much of what you have written. We have a great bunch of talented youngster, Martinelli, Gouendouzi, Saka, Willock, Tierney, Pepe,hopefully Saliba build the team round them with experience and quality replacements for the obvious player who will or should go in the summer.

  4. Dan says:

    Wenger of course won more in his first 7 prem games and had more points

  5. isaac onyango says:

    I wounder wat GOUNDUZI IS DOING IN OUR STARTING 11,TORREIRA IS SACRIFICED.
    PEPE was not given even a minute,,,,i failed to understand the tactics.

  6. Mogunna says:

    Non sense, a draw to save a game is like a win, Burnley should have been a lost.

    Arteta is great assistant and good on handling players ; he is incapable of putting right team on pitch!!!

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