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If All Or Nothing: Arsenal proves anything, it’s that Gooners should adore Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta during the Arsenal Media Day at the Arsenal Training Ground at London Colney on August 01, 2022 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal fans united in chorus for the manager in the Gunners’ season opener against Crystal Palace, serenading a former captain on the touchline for whom they have a deep affinity. They also sang the song “Super Mik Arteta”.

You see, the head of the Eagles Patrick Vieira is like by Gooners. And why wouldn’t it be? An indomitable general in midfield for Arsenal’s greatest team of all time, Vieira has become synonymous with the club’s continental crisis; a side of flair and strength. Vieira’s name rang during his visit to the Emirates Stadium last season – long before the Arteta chant was born. Author of Arsblog Tim Stillman (opens in a new tab) even touted the Frenchman as the successor to the current boss in FourFourTwoPreview of the season.

This makes Arteta an intriguing parallel. He too captained Arsenal from midfield – but where Vieira was a whirlwind, Arteta was a gentle breeze. Where Vieira recalls a Midas era, Arteta, as a player at least, recalls an era some fans might prefer to forget. Arsenal weren’t great from 2011 to 2016, to be fair.

Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey during the 2014 FA Cup Final. (Image credit: PA)

Two eighths in Arteta’s first two seasons haven’t exactly turned the tide, either. A big rebuild in which the Spaniard demolished the foundations of the Emirates Stadium with little feeling has caused more fans to question his pedigree. Even in All or nothing: Arsenal, director Edu realizes that it is not easy to support a coach who dismisses the captain and the most popular player. And hey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, surprisingly, might not even be the best player this manager has put aside.

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