Mikel Arteta is one of those coaches who aren’t in the habit of grabbing the headlines by criticising referees or other professionals. He isn’t looking for Tottenham manager, ‘Mourinho style’ publicity or to be bigger than the club he manages. He goes about his business with calm assurance, with measured and considered delivery.
He is aware of what he says and the impact that an ill-chosen word can have on the team, the fans and the club. Although some fans are unable to see the differences since his arrival, which is somewhat baffling, he is slowly changing the mindset and culture of Arsenal.
The message is getting across from top to bottom and Mikel Arteta is convincing many that they have a future at the club by selling them his vision of it. One key member that he has managed to hold on to is the highly regarded club Doctor Gary O’Driscoll.
O’Driscoll had previously agreed to join Premier League leaders and Champions League winners Liverpool but has since decided to stay with the Gunners. This is said to be the work of technical director Edu but mainly, head coach Mikel Arteta.
The Arsenal Doctor has impressed everyone at the club with the way he has dealt with the Covid-19 virus by implementing new measures and taking charge of the situation but more importantly, Arteta has convinced the former Ireland Rugby Doctor to remain at the Emirates by rejecting Champions League winners Liverpool because of his ambition for Arsenal. O’Driscoll claimed that his family is happy and settled in London and that he was ‘excited’ by his Arsenal future.
It’s a quiet revolution that’s taking place, a slow but meaningful process of establishing a foundation from which success can be built.
Arteta’s next magic trick is keeping Aubameyang and Saka although one of those may be set to leave in the summer amid speculation that the Gabonese striker has not put pen to paper on a contract extension and that Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and even Chelsea are all contemplating a significant bid in the summer.