Second-best goals for in the Premier League, third-fewest goals conceded, and first in the table – Mikel Arteta has turned Arsenal into a dominant side this season.
And now, a video has gone viral which breaks down how he has managed to transform his team.
Arteta had endured a mixed managerial career at the Emirates up until the start of this season, finishing eighth twice and then fifth last season, during which some Arsenal fans had called for the club to sack him.
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But hislatest poston Arsenal has exploded on Twitter, with more than one million people viewing his work.
The video pays particularly close attention to Arsenal’s shape, with H pointing out how fluid Arsenal are in attack compared to how they are set up on paper.
Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko’s roles are of particular interest, with Arteta shifting from a 4-3-3 to a 3-2-5 or a 2-3-5 formation when going forward.
This allows the five at the front to attack the half spaces and out wide, and the attacking numbers often increase to six or seven to break teams down, with H also pointing out that any threat to the backline is negated by factors like Arsenal’s counter-press and their elite defenders.
Arteta has made Arsenal ‘inevitable’
“When Arsenal do commit this amount of bodies into the last line of offense, it makes it virtually impossible to resist a goal,” H highlights, pointing out that to negate this, their opponents reduce their counter-attacking threat by bringing offensive players back to defend.
Arteta has seemingly built a system that has made Arsenal so dominant going forward – or “inevitable” as H describes it – while also being incredibly secure at the back.
“Regardless of money spent, what Mikel Arteta has managed to do with these players so far this season is a miracle, and no one can take the shine off what they’re doing right now,” he says to round the video off.
Once again, an excellent breakdown of a side from one of the best football content creators in the business.
Watch: Arsenal’s transformation under Arteta
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