- Jul 24, 2014
This places a lot of emphasis on Arteta actually winning the title though. Arsenal are favourites currently but if they did fall away and City end up winning the league, that progress is far less impressive.No one is pretending that the first 2 years were good. That's why no one (including Arsenal fans) ever thought we'd be in the position we're in now. To be seriously challenging for the title? It seemed we were still years away from that. I myself was "Arteta out" when we bottled top 4 last season. But the board believed in him and his plan. And what we're seeing now is exactly why. Seems these people may actually know what they're doing. Who would have thought.
This season has been the perfect storm for Arsenal. They've played well but it's a young team that's currently unable to handle the demands of playing multiple times a week. That might change in the summer if you recruit well but it would still be mentally taxing on a young group of players if they don't deliver now. It's all or nothing after the Sporting loss - you either win the league or it's a trophyless season; that's a huge swing. Arteta won't be able to sack off the cup competitions as readily next season either, he'll have to take the Champions League far more seriously than he has with the Europa League this year.