A good number of Arsenal fans are keen to see Mikel Arteta succeed at the Emirates and kept faith with him despite the slow start to the Premier League this season, of which injuries to some key players also played a part.
Regardless, Mikel Arteta and his men seem to have turned the corner in recent weeks resulting in the reduction of the clamoring for his sack some weeks back. The Spaniard has been applauded for how his side has bounced back and this is a good one.
If he was heavily criticized for poor results, he should also be praised for the side’s good performances.
Mikel Arteta is one manager that has left fans of the club divided as some feel he needs time, pointing out that his time under Guardiola would count for something eventually to the benefit of the club while others feel he is not up to the caliber of what a club as big as Arsenal need in a manager.
Well, Arteta will have to make them appreciate his methods and prove that his side’s recent results are no fluke or down to luck when they face Liverpool at Anfield in the late kickoff on Saturday, just after the international break.
The Gunners have moved up the table recently and are just 2 points below today’s opponents. They currently sit 5th with 20 points while Liverpool are 4th with 22 points. If there was ever a game that was needed to ascertain if the current form of the Gunners was a fluke or just down to luck, then this clash is as big as it gets.
Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t been really exceptional at Anfield this season thus far with 2 wins and 3 draws at the venue in the Premier League.
Arsenal have not been exceptional away from home either but beat Leicester with a clean sheet at the King Power in their last away game and this is a pointer to why they could be a hard nut for the Reds to crack, hopefully.
This game is a good test for Arteta’s tactical prowess as Liverpool are favorite for all 3 points. They will come out all guns blazing as is their tradition at Anfield and we wait to see how Arteta and his men would curb this early onslaught from Jurgen Klopp’s Red.
If the Gunners have really rejuvenated for the season, then this is arguably the game of the week. However, they’ll have to prove that their current run is no fluke on the pitch tonight.
A win for the away side will see them move into the top 4 at this stage of the season ahead of Liverpool but how feasible is this?
Well, Mikel Arteta and his men have it all to do tonight to show why they should be taken seriously and if they should be admitted into the league of title contenders for the 2021/22 Premier League season.