Dani Ceballos: Arsenal were almost dead before Mikel Arteta

If there's one thing you notice about Mikel Arteta's tenure at Arsenal so far, it's his determination and strength of character.

Arsenal “were almost dead” before the arrival of Mikel Arteta, according to Dani Ceballos, who has praised the Gunners manager for causing a “radical change” at Emirates Stadium.

Unai Emery was fired after 18 months in charge at Arsenal following a seven-game winless streak in November 2019.

Acting head coach Freddie Ljungberg was unable to stabilize on the ship, and when Arteta was appointed five days before Christmas Day, the Gunners’ 2019-20 season was in tatters.

However, Arteta immediately set out to stamp his own brand on a team struggling for confidence, implementing the same style of football that had been so successful for Manchester City during his three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Arsenal salvaged an eighth place in the Premier League at the end, and they also clinched the FA Cup after an exciting run that included impressive victories over Leicester, City and Chelsea.

The Gunners haven’t fired the starting gun as fans might have expected in the early stages of the new season, but Ceballos has no doubt that Arteta is the right man to move the club forward after seeing the impact he’s had. in North London in the past. 11 months.

“The team was almost dead, but after Arteta’s arrival we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield,” the 24-year-old told The Sun.

“He did not arrive a year ago and has given a radical change to the club.

“He is the soul of the club and he is lucky that the players trust him 100%.

“Arsenal need it, in part because they take the initiative most of the time.”

Ceballos, who is currently on loan from Arsenal from Real Madrid, insisted that qualification to the Champions League remains a realistic goal for the team ahead of a crucial meeting with Wolves at the Emirates on Sunday.

“Arsenal have to fight to be in the top four,” he added.

“But before there were five teams fighting to enter the Champions League, now there are six or seven.

“You just have to look at Manchester City, one of the best teams in England, or Manchester United. They are not at the top of the table.

“Southampton and Aston Villa, who struggled not to relegation last year, have surprised everyone.

“It is a tremendously competitive league, anyone can beat anyone. But our time will come. “

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