By: Asfi Khan, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Over recent years, Arsenal has been described as a team with a ‘soft’ mentality. The last away win for Arsenal against the ‘Big 6’ was in 2015 at Manchester City.
Arsenal have lost their last 27 away games against the ‘Big 6’. (15 L 10 D) These statistics have carried a huge burden on the whole Arsenal squad over recent years. There has been a continuous lack of motivation, confidence & morale for the team going into these games.
This losing streak was finally broken on Monday, when Mikel Arteta’s aggressive playing led to the team winning against Manchester United 0-1 at Old Trafford.
This was the first time Arsenal had beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford since 2006.
Arsenal was on top for most of the game however the win came by virtue of a penalty.
Arteta’s midfield pivot brutally dominated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s diamond formation. With new Arsenal signings, Brazilain Gabriel and Ghanian Thomas Partey massively contributed to the teams performance.
There certainly seems to be a change in direction at Arsenal. A change of culture was needed, after the DNA of the club that Arsene Wenger worked so hard on over decades looked to be failing. Arsenal had the best defensive record in the premier league so far this year, conceding 7 goals in 7 matches prior to last week’s defeat to Aston Villa.
The euphoria was short-lived however, Arteta’s men lost 3-0 at home against Aston Villa just before the international break. The game exposed Arsenal’s old frailties and has shown Arteta that this team is still far from being title contenders.
Despite the Gunners sitting 11th on the table as of now, the rest of the league is also showing large inconsistencies, giving them a chance. We will have to see if Arsenal, do an Arsenal, or if Mikel Arteta has changed the mentality of this team only 10 months into his job.