Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have dealt with a variety of contract issues from Mesut Ozil to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but there is one contract that must be extended at the Emirates
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Considering Arsenal’s recent situation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and pending issues of the transactions of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, no one can blame Mikel Arteta for banning the word ‘contract’ in his press conferences.
However, there is a contract that seems unrelated to the previous contract City of Manchester assistant – his own.
There was no unpleasant change in his chair or slight change in his expression as is often the case with Aubameyang’s bitter departure from the club.
Instead, Arteta talks all about his present happiness and future ambitions to the people of north London.
And now would be the perfect time for Arsenal to commit him to a new deal.
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“It’s just that I’m really happy here and my aim is to build with the club a winning team that when we watch it feels identifiable and that conveys what we want. about football and as an organization,” Arteta said when asked if contract negotiations had taken place.
“I’m happy with the direction we’re taking, but I’m not satisfied with our solid position as we want to be competing and challenging with the best teams in this league for consecutive seasons. next.
“We are not there yet but I think the team is developing in the right direction.
“The project and the phases that we propose, they are happening and there are a lot of positives but we are not there.”
The good, the bad and the ugly have all been seen at Emirates this season.
From their worst start to a season in 67 years to intense competition for Champions League football for the first time since 2016, Arsenal’s strides are often fast and steep.
It’s easy to forget that the world of football, many insiders but some in horror, mentioned Arsenal in the same breath as relegation, following a 5-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
But when they are behind in fourth place Manchester United while holding two games against Ralf Rangnick’s unstable Reds, they are now a danger to the top four.
Of course, just attending the Champions League is hardly the first glass ceiling to shatter Arteta’s lofty ambitions for the club.
But for the first time in a very long time, the Gunners have the ability to break it.
Arteta and technical director Edu have learned from Arsenal’s past transfer mistakes, revamping their purchasing strategy and refreshing their side with seven edgy, youthful and quality signings.
The likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi-Lokonga and Nuno Tavares were barely heard before they arrived, while the expensive purchases of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale were mocked and ridiculed by rivals.
However, with a Premier League 13 wins, 3 draws and only 4 defeats in the last 20 Premier League matches, very few matches with the Gunners at the moment.
If the Gunners continue to stick to their transfer plans and recreate their recent miracle with smarter additions across the pitch, they will surely be vying for bigger things.
It’s too early to tip Arteta Arsène Wenger as successful, but the Spaniard was resilient, ruthless and most importantly, showing promising signs of improvement and continuity.
All of this started to reflect in Arsenal’s overall game and the improvement of players like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey.
Potential, talent and drive are all hallmarks at Arsenal – perhaps it’s time to ensure that the manager who has brought this team together can nurture and enhance their abilities even further.
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