Five things that Mikel Arteta has to do differently next season

Arsenal has had a torrid campaign in Mikel Arteta’s first full season at the helm and the Spaniard is lucky to be getting another year as their manager.

He has been well backed, compared to Unai Emery whose Arsenal team seemed to have done better but didn’t win a trophy.

Those looking for value in soccer betting would have done well out of Arteta winning last season’s FA Cup but not so much this season.

Arteta remains a rookie manager, but the Arsenal board appear to believe they will be better off sticking with the Spaniard in the long term.

Next season will be an important one and Arteta has to get it right, otherwise, he could lose his job.

In this article, I point out five things Arteta can do to make things better for his team next season and possibly save his job.

Buy the missing pieces of his team

Arsenal is still “rebuilding” their team and Arteta has had three transfer windows, yet he is yet to finish “building”.

The current Arsenal team isn’t a bad one and only a few positions need to be strengthened.

Instead of trying to buy every exciting player in the summer, he needs to draw up a list of positions in his team that needs to be strengthened and buy the players who fit in.

Play to the strength of his strikers

Arsenal has some of the Premier League’s best strikers, but they are struggling to score the goals that the team needs.

Every player has his strengths and weaknesses and playing to their strength is the best way to get them performing well.

It is good for goals to flow from several places in a team, but Arteta has to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scoring regularly by setting his team up to play to their strengths.

Find a permanent position for Saka

Bukayo Saka has served Arsenal well and his versatility is one benefit that he brings to the team.

However, the Englishman is going to have more impact if he masters one position.

Arteta needs to find where he functions best and keep him there instead of using him in many different positions.

Make Smith Rowe our number 10

Emile Smith Rowe has come into the Arsenal team and delivered. For someone so young, there is certainly more to come from him.

Now is the best time to build the team around the Englishman and Arteta should trust him to replace the departing Martin Odegaard.

Find a winning starting XI and stick with it

Arteta has tinkered with his team selections for much of this season, but he cannot afford to continue that way next season.

He has used different combinations and injuries have also forced him to make changes.

However, he needs to finally discover his best first XI and players who would replace any member of the team that misses a match.

This will help his players develop an understanding among themselves.


  1. Adega Olatunji says:

    6….. Stop being biased among the players with selections as it was very clear to everyone to see with martinelli this season.

  2. Lupe says:

    * Stop relying on Xhaka. Why must Xhaka play all the time even at left back, since Arteta came, Xhaka has become the most important arsenal player. Xhaka is ok but should not be this important at a club trying to move to the next level.

    1. Diction Hagoi says:

      Arteta should do better next season as he will have had a year’s experience.It is important for Arteta to do self appraisal with a view to improving on his shortcomings which ranged from tactics to man-management of the players.

      Arteta will have to improve markedly next season as fans will be back in the stadium and they will not be very patient with the mediocrity witnessed this season.Let’s hope for the best next season and see if Arteta is the one to take us to the promised land.

  3. Wyoming says:

    At least 25 of this seasons squad could stay for next season as they all have rock solid contracts.
    Bellerin Cedric Mari Gabriel Tierney Xhaka Partey Torreira Willian Elneny Aubameyang Lacazette Pepe Martinelli ESR .
    Quota players.
    Chambers Willock Niles
    Nelson Nketia Holding
    Saliba will come back.
    Ryan will probably be signed.
    Balogun has been signed.
    25 players.
    Odegaard might be loaned again.
    Ceballos probably returns to RM.
    If as we are being told reinforcements are coming in then others will need to be loaned, paid to leave or sold at a considerable loss. Runnarson Guendouzie Kolasinac Mavropanos Elneny might be paid to leave.
    Replacing or loaning some of the quota players will be interesting . Nelson Nketiah Holding Niles and Willock could all be sold or loaned. Then we need better quota players who are either free or cheap who will accept low salaries. Easier said than done.
    Transfer season is going to be a time for smart deals.

    1. CorporateMan says:

      Ryan is not a “quota player” if by that you mean “home grown”

  4. siamois says:

    Is it me or the things stated in this article are to be expected from every manager even a rookie one surely these have to be the basics no??

  5. Steve says:

    He need to be consistency with his team selection. Today the team wins next different team I wonder. Next season no experiment.

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