The Spaniard was appointed as Unai Emery’s replacement in December 2019, and we have come a long way since. Arteta will take charge of his 100th Premier League game tomorrow when Fulham come to the Emirates – only Arsene Wenger boasts more wins in his first 100 Arsenal fixtures than our current boss.
Arsenal are definitely going in the right direction under Arteta, but Carragher is afraid someone else will come in and reap the fruits of his hard work.
Jamie Carragher has a big ‘fear’ about Mikel Arteta’s work at Arsenal
In his column on The Telegraph, Carragher wrote: “Regular readers will know how long I have admired Arteta and no-one can fail to be impressed by how his side has begun this season.
“The manner of their victories have been eye-catching, Arsenal delivering dynamic, attacking performances. No matter how early it is, Arsenal look sharper and better equipped than a year ago.
“However it turns out, Arteta has already led Arsenal to a healthier place than where he found the club – with a younger, balanced and hungrier squad.
“My fear for him is he has laid the groundwork for a successor to lead the club to the next level. For now, Arteta is in position to reap the fruits of his own labours, guiding an exciting team. Whether it leads to the highest honours or not, the rebuild is advancing and this does not look like a false dawn.”
The Insider’s View:
Irrespective of what your opinion is of Arteta, you simply have to agree that he has made Arsenal a much better side.
The Gunners were in a really depressing position when Emery was shown the door. We weren’t just poor on the pitch, but it was almost like we had lost our identity as a football club until Arteta came in.
Fast forward 99 games, we’re close to saying ‘we’ve got our Arsenal back’. We’re playing brilliant, attacking football again, the fans are fully behind the players, and watching the team play just puts a smile on our faces.
We really hope Arteta will be around to ‘reap the fruits of his own labours’, but even if he’s not, his contribution to our club will not be forgotten.