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Mikel Arteta: One of Arsenal’s Greatest Bosses in History

Mikel Arteta: One of Arsenal's Greatest Bosses in History

Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, achieved his 100th win as the Gunners’ boss over the weekend. The Premier League leaders defeated Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Sunday, regaining their five-point lead at the top of the table. Arteta marked a century of victories since taking charge of the North London outfit in December 2019. According to Arsenal’s official website, he achieved this feat in just 168 matches with a win percentage of 59.52. If he maintains this record until he departs, he would go down as statistically the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had.

Arteta’s win percentage sits narrowly above Arsene Wenger’s 57.98. However, it is worth stating that Wenger’s record was over a mammoth 22-year stint consisting of 1235 matches. Then after the legendary Frenchman comes Unai Emery, who was criticised for much of his reign before being replaced by Arteta. Other names making the top nine include Thomas Mitchell, William Elcoat, Harry Bradshaw, Herbert Chapman, George Graham and Tom Whittaker.

Arteta will be hoping to build on his superb first three years at the Emirates by claiming the Premier League title in May. Speaking about reaching 100 wins as Arsenal boss, Arteta said: “It’s great, we have to continue like that, I’m delighted to do that. Unfortunately, it’s not a title, so there’s still a lot to improve! But it is incredible and that means that we have a lot of people doing the right things at the club. In the team a lot of players contributing immensely and especially the support that we have, which in my opinion, has absolutely transformed this team with that energy, so I’m really happy.”

Arteta’s achievement is remarkable considering the challenges he faced when he took over as Arsenal’s manager. The team was struggling and had lost its identity. Arteta brought in a new philosophy and style of play that focused on possession-based football and high pressing. He also instilled a strong work ethic and discipline in the team.

Arteta’s first trophy as Arsenal’s manager came in August 2020 when they won the FA Cup. They defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final to lift the trophy for a record 14th time. Arteta’s tactical masterclass was evident in the way Arsenal played in the final. They defended resolutely and attacked with pace and precision.

Arteta’s success at Arsenal is not just down to his tactical acumen but also his man-management skills. He has been able to get the best out of his players and has created a strong team spirit. He has also shown faith in young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, who have become key players for Arsenal this season.

Arteta’s next challenge is to guide Arsenal to a top-four finish in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners have not played in Europe’s elite competition since the 2016/17 season. Arteta will also be looking to win more trophies with Arsenal and establish himself as one of the best managers in Europe.

In conclusion, Mikel Arteta’s achievement of winning 100 games as Arsenal’s manager is remarkable. He has transformed the team and brought back a sense of identity and purpose to the club. His tactical acumen and man-management skills have been key to his success. Arteta will be hoping to build on this success and guide Arsenal to more trophies in the future.

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