The 2020/21 Premier League season had been a dreadful one and one they were willing to forget in the red side of North London until the folks from the Blue side of London came visiting, and fortunes changed.
Some months back, Arsenal were close to the relegation places but are now closer to the top 4 after rediscovering their mojo under Mikel Arteta, who surprisingly appears to have gotten his side back to their best.
The Gunners have been revived and are now impressing in the Premier League despite struggling for a large part of the season.
Just 5 points separate them from 4th place West Ham although some teams above and below them are yet to play.
Mikel Arteta deserves the credit for steadying the ship as many folks had given up on the season, alongside top 4 hopes and title hopes.
The latter seems a far cry now but I wouldn’t write anyone off just yet in this crazy season that has seen sides perform above and below expectation.
A careful look at Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United should tell you this. Who would have envisaged the Red Devils topping the Premier League at this point in the season, whilst Liverpool would be struggling to score goals?
The Gunners have won their last 3 away games on the bounce against tricky opponents, and have won 2, drawn 2, and lost 1 of their last 5 home games.
Overall, they’ve won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 Premier League games hence their improved position on the log.
Well, some would say we should keep calm and see if they will be consistent or if this is just a run of luck. We’ll know better in subsequent games as they face an in-form Manchester United next at the Emirates.
The Red Devils will be seeking revenge having lost the first encounter when the two sides faced off at Old Trafford.
Mikel Arteta’s men ran out 1 nil winners on the day. This time, the game should be a genuine test of the quality of Arsenal’s resurgence.
Meanwhile, Arteta will be grateful for his youngsters in the persons of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for their impact on the side when the going was tough. The duo has contributed immensely to the Gunners’ return to form.
Arsenal beat Southampton 3:1 at St Marys in the Premier League on Tuesday night in the Premier League and the youngster Bukayo Saka was on hand to deliver with a goal and an assist.
It can be recalled that the Saints knocked the Gunners out of the FA Cup some days earlier.
The good development is that Arsenal can now fight for a place in the top 4, a possibility which seemed far-fetched some weeks back.
We wait to see how Mikel Arteta rallies his troops in this second half of the season.