TBR View: Media's perception of under-fire Arsenal figure has created negative connotation despite positive stats
Mikel Arteta has received a fair bit of stick from all sides of the media, who have been slapping the Spaniard silly since Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League at the hands of Villarreal.
It prompted a fiery response from supporters on social media with some calling for the 38-year-old to get sacked from his role as manager of the club.
And on the face of it, the call doesn’t come as much of a surprise as the Gunners languish in midtable in the Premier League, staring down the barrel of no European football for next season. But, after such a disappointing season, is it all really Arteta’s fault? Should the former Manchester City coach really step down/get sacked?
Well, if you believe everything you read within the media then the boss seems to be struggling and deserves the chop. However, just a simple analysis of the situation from the Emirates Stadium faithful through their own eyes will show them Arteta isn’t doing as bad as the media wants them to believe.
Last night’s win over Crystal Palace strengthened the outfit’s form over the second half of this season.
Since Christmas, only Manchester City and Manchester United have picked up more points than the Gunners, a stat that probably shocks many associated with the club for the pure fact of what they’d been reading within the media.
The side’s improvement across a number of areas shows that Arteta is thriving as opposed to struggling in his role of manager. The record against the ‘big six‘ as well as the defensive resilience has improved quite a bit, two areas Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger struggled in.
Arsenal have the third-best defensive record in the league, behind just both the Manchester clubs. And with wins against the five other ‘big six’ clubs since his appointment just 18 months ago, there’s a stark improvement in the team’s handling of pressure in huge games.
So, given all these facts and stats, which point towards Arteta doing a fairly good job in north London, why is there so many calling for his head? The notion the former Everton player is struggling is a baffling one, and something that seems to be pushed by publications, who thrive on the negativity surrounding Arsenal.
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