Mikel Arteta inherited an Arsenal club that must plug leaks in too many places. The Gunners were deemed soft on defense, and on the other end, the ball is not clearing the net, which explains the frustrating draw matches since Arteta took over. Still, the Spaniard enjoys the faith of his crew.
Without hesitation, Reiss Nelson declared Arteta made his way to the Emirates just at the right time. The former Manchester City coach was signed by Arsenal in December last following the sacking of Unai Emery, and according to Nelson, the new boss made an impact immediately.
The winger said Arteta understands not only the game but also the players under his guidance. The Spanish boss brings the best out of his roster members, and this was apparent during training sessions and in actual competition.
"Now is a great time to have him as a manager because he understands what I am good at. He's going to give me the encouragement when I need it, and if I am not doing the right stuff he is going to tell me," Metro reported Nelson as saying.
He likewise called attention to the Gunners' boss work ethic, and Nelson is increasingly more convinced that Arteta will be one of the great football managers. This could also mean players under Arteta's guidance will stand to improve their skills further.
"I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player," Nelson said.
This outlook is shared by Hector Bellerin, who asserted that since Arteta's arrival, "there's been a big change," in the way the Gunners play.
Bellerin credited the improvement to the Arsenal boss' "very tactical" approach in turning around the struggling North London club.
"Mikel has always been very tactical in his work and in his whole life, he's very professional with very clear ideas. It's very early doors in time. [Arteta] has a new philosophy and the way he has implemented it in the last few games that we've played," Bleacher Report quoted the Arsenal vice-captain as saying.
However, Bellerin also acknowledged that Arsenal could be lacking greater success due to the team's struggle in goal scoring, which he hoped the Gunners would gradually pick up on as the confidence level begins to surge.
"I think sometimes we need to be a bit more efficient in front of goal [but] that's also something that comes with confidence," the player admitted.
Experts are in agreement there are crucial areas that demand the immediate attention of Arteta. One is the acquisition of young talents that will strengthen the positions where Arsenal is deemed most weak at the moment, according to Football London.
The Arsenal boss will also need to get more from his roster of midfielders, like giving a chance for Dani Ceballos to shine and prove he can contribute to the cause.