Seven reasons why Arsenal’s Premier League rivals should be worried including transfer business and Arteta effect

ARSENAL fans always seem to have something to complain about – and the build up to this season appears to be no different.

Even after so much genuine positivity in July and August, the transfer window does tend to bring out the worst in us supporters.

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Mikel Arteta is on a mission to bring the glory days back to Arsenal [/caption]

Particularly when, despite the riches of the owner, Arsenal are operating a self-sustaining model and need to offload player, to buy new ones and when other clubs know this, selling at good prices is all the harder.

Yes we are not getting or being quoted full value to Martinez, Bellerin or Torreira BUT it is not our money and if the club bring in the funds they need to buy the players Arteta has identified and asked for then all’s well that ends well.

When it comes to Arsenal ahead of the new season, opening at Craven Cottage, I am certainly a glass much more than half full kind of guy. Here’s why.

WORK OF ART

In Arteta I am convinced we have a coach, or should I say manager, to genuinely believe in and take us forwards.

He is articulate, focused, prepared to delegate to specialists and
crucially smart enough and willing to adapt both for the opposition and within games.

THE ‘ARSENAL WAY’

Arteta is also a student of Arsenal and understands the ‘Arsenal Way’ which is critical to being a success at this club.

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Having dispensed with the services of Sanllehi, I think the relationship he has with Edu, another Arsenal Man, is vital to the success and to bringing
in the right players for this team.

Their relative inexperience, in my opinion, is more than compensated for by their passion and conviction for their Arsenal project.

As we have already heard from our new signing Gabriel, this is what brought him to the Emirates.

DELEGATION IS KEY

The Club are embracing the restructure to give Arteta the team and set up he believes will make the team successful on the pitch.

However, unlike in the later Wenger era, Arteta is building a team he can delegate to.

A team of specialist coaches, all with specific roles to give him the marginal gains he sees as crucial.

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Arsenal signed Willian from London rivals Chelsea[/caption]

GOOD SIGN

The new additions are wholly positive to date.

We have huge potential in the two new central defenders and a wily old fox in Willian, will bags of experience and a winning mentality to pass on to Saka, Smith-Rowe and Nelson.

THE REAL DEAL

Virtually all the players Arteta wants are now on longer deals and of course we await seem to have the long-awaited news of the worst kept secret in football, that Aubameyang has bought into Arteta’s dream.

This includes the generational talent that is Martinelli who I think most seen as Auba’s heir apparent.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to extend his contract with Arsenal[/caption]

PARTEY TIME

There is still some work to be in the central midfield area, but I am convinced Thomas Partey, Arteta’s number one target will arrive sooner rather than later and the return of Dani Ceballos for this campaign is a huge boost.

The Spaniard was arguably the most effective midfielder in the Premier League post lockdown and he has a Euro place in his sights to drive him on.

TACTICAL SMARTS

Arteta proved consistently at the end of last season and in the Community Shield, he has the tactical smarts to out-think the big boys.

I believe with more time and the final pieces of is midfield jigsaw, which may even include Ozil’s vision from the bench, I am convinced he will add the creative nous to similarly break down lesser teams set up to
defend in numbers.

For all of the above reasons and so many more, such as an irrational feeling that Eddie Nketiah will be a surprise package.

Maitland-Niles may well end up starring in midfield, Pepe will have a Pires like second season and Willian might play centrally between the lines.

I cannot wait for this campaign.

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Mikel Arteta has a good relationship with club director Edu[/caption]

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Ian Wright admits new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal would be Arsenal’s most ‘significant’ business this summer

Aubameyang is yet to have officially signed a new deal

Aubameyang is yet to have officially signed a new deal (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the most vital piece of business Mikel Arteta needs to take care of this summer is tying down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract.

The Gabon international is yet to commit his future to the north London club with less than a year remaining on his current deal.

Aubameyang once again proved his worth to the Gunners last season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions, including a brace in the FA Cup victory over Chelsea.

The 31-year-old carried his good form over to the new campaign, scoring the winning penalty in the Community Shield to beat Premier League champions Liverpool at Wembley.

The Gunners have already completed the signings of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, while Atletico’s Thomas Partey is a priority signing.

Wright believes persuading Aubameyang to extend his stay at the Emirates is Mikel Arteta’s most important task this summer.

‘To be honest, I think he will be the most significant signing Mikel can make,’ Wright told Good Morning Britain.

Wright says Arsenal must tie down Auba

Wright says Arsenal must tie down Auba (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We do need to make that happen, simply because of what he brings to that team. When you look at the chances created for Arsenal, they were 16th in the league and he still scored the amount of goals he scored.

‘So if you can imagine, we can start creating more with the players we have signed – the Willians and people like that – then he is going to score more goals.

‘It is imperative that he signs.’

Speaking after the Community Shield win, Arteta once again reiterated his confidence that Aubameyang will put pen to paper on a new deal.

‘I keep saying the same thing,’ the Spaniard told BT Sport. ‘I try to do my job, which is convince him that he is in the right place, that he has the environment here to produce the moments like he’s done today and he’s done here three weeks ago.

‘I am very positive that he’s going to sign but a lot of time there’s a lot of things involved in a contract deal and we are trying to show him.’

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