Mikel Arteta has set a marker in his attempt to change the culture of Arsenal … Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi show that actions have consequences under the new regime
- Arsenal was comfortable at the end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure
- But Mikel Arteta is now determined to succeed where Unai Emery couldn’t
- The new boss has put down a marker in his attempt to change culture at Arsenal
- The recent decline of stars Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi testifies to this
Some felt that by the end of Arsene Wenger’s government, Arsenal had become one of the more comfortable clubs.
The quality and balance of pleasure compared to structure in training was a concern.
How many players were pushed correctly and why the same stars were chosen, regardless of whether questions were asked.
There was a feeling that Arsenal was comfortable with the end of Arsene Wenger’s government
But new manager Mikel Arteta has certainly put down a marker to change the culture of the club
This also applied to the discipline in the locker room, where some believed that players had too many days off.
At the end, it seemed that standards could have deviated and actions in particular seemed to have no consequences.
Unai Emery tried to improve things, but lacked authority. Enter Mikel Arteta in December, determined to succeed where Emery couldn’t.
It will of course take time for Arteta’s full vision to blossom.
Unai Emery tried to improve the driving standards, but did not have the necessary authority
And while their encouraging resurgence was frustratedly controlled by Leicester, improvements have been made to a number of individuals and the team after Eddie Nketiah’s resignation has been reduced to 10 men.
Arteta certainly put down a marker in his attempt to change the culture of the club.
Mesut Özil and Matteo Guendouzi, who were left out Tuesday evening, will testify to this. Ozil hasn’t played a minute for Arsenal since the restart.
A back injury has bothered him, but even if he’s fit, he’s not turned on. As a top Arsenal earner of £ 350,000 a week, no warranty is given now.
When available, Arteta hinted that Ozil had been left out because he had stopped doing which gave him 10 consecutive league starts before the break.
Mesut Özil, who hasn’t played for a minute since the restart, will testify to the culture change
Meanwhile, Arteta’s concerns about Guendouzi’s demeanor surfaced when he became involved in controversy in Brighton last month.
He also didn’t help himself by arriving late for a follow-up conversation with Arteta and technical director Edu and, as it turns out, Guendouzi has been training alone ever since.
Arteta has his ‘non-negotiable values’, a minimum requirement that players work hard, and his no-nonsense approach as a manager will not surprise those who know him at Arsenal as a player and captain – a perfect professional and an advocate of standards, attitude and application levels.
Nothing has changed there, but life at Arsenal is now. Actions have consequences under Arteta.