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Arsenal are “still far from being among the top teams” fears Mikel Arteta after West Ham draw

Arsenal are "still far from being among the top teams" fears Mikel Arteta after West Ham draw
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Mikel Arteta was furious as Arsenal drew against West Ham by three goals to three on March 21st, 2021. During the game, the Spaniard was disappointed as his team went down by three goals in the first half. The former Arsenal skipper saw the same lack of attitude in his team as in the previous game against Olympiakos in the Europa League.

Subsequently, West Ham was the better team as they are seven points above the Gunners’ points table. Mikel Arteta spoke about the hammers’ resurgence under his former Everton manager David Moyes before the game. Despite conceding three goals, Arteta’s team drew the game via three goals in the second half.

However, Mikel Arteta did not feel joy with the comeback executed by Arsenal. The thirty-eight conveyed his opinion when asked whether Arsenal is playing their football game on the level as the other top teams by the media.

In an interview on March 21st, 2021, he said, “We are still far from being among the top teams with the inconsistencies in our game. This worries me a lot, and I feel it can be problematic for us in the future. There is also a lot of positives that can be taken away from the game today. At the end of the first-half, I was confident that we would make a comeback in this tie, and we did that. Though, I have to say I am proud of my team and the courage exhibited by them.”

The slow resurgence for Arsenal under Arteta

Since the Spaniard arrived at Arsenal, he has done a lot to keep the fans happy. Unai Emery had left Arsenal in a disastrous twelfth position on the league table and was sacked promptly on November 29th, 2019. Arteta foresaw a weak Gunners side and yet recorded nine wins, four losses, and five draws in the Premier League’s last eighteen games. His tactics saw Arsenal finish in the eighth position on the points table. Mikel Arteta also won Arsenal the FA Cup after a year’s gap. The cup win secured them a place in the Europa League, and Arteta concluded the 2019-20 season firmly.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta faced a tough season this time around, with the COVID lockdown affecting his team the most. Consequently, they find themselves in the tenth position on the table. Mikky could not do much in the FA Cup 4th round as the Gunners exited the competition at Southampton’s hands. Following this, they exited from the Carabao Cup with a four-one defeat to Manchester City in the Quarter-Finals.

Though, Mikel Arteta has revived his team with his acquisition of Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard on loan.

Mikel Arteta lauds Martin Odegaard’s leadership qualities

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) gets instructions from Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) gets instructions from Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In an interview, Arteta lauded Odegaard by saying, “he seems the reclusive type in the first meet. But, when he enters the pitch, the true character he possesses is displayed. He has great command on the ball then and is very influential for our team.”

The youngster made headway at Real Sociedad in the 2019-20 season as he recorded ten goal contributions in thirty-one La Liga appearances. This motivated the gunners to buy him in the current season. Odegaard has impressed the fans and the management with his skills on the ball.

Arsenal signing Odegaard would be beneficial for the Norwegian as well as the North London side. Arsenal will have a player in Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil’s mold, and the twenty-two-year-old can play for a team that appreciates him, unlike his parent club Madrid. Therefore, this is a potential signing highly anticipated by the Gunners faithful.

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