Spanish Mikel Arteta's arsenal is leading the Premier and could end a 19-year drought without winning a national league. These are the reasons why the London team is leading in England.
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández
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The giant of London seems to wake up from his long sleep. Arsenal continues to lead the Premier League and has a serious chance of being crowned champion after 19 years of drought in domestic leagues. How have they managed to top the Premier League's sixth roster and maintain top spot, ahead of rivals like Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea? These are the 5 keys to the Arteta effect.
1. Process of Mikel Arteta
The one born in San Sebastián of the Basque Country is the main key to Arsenal's success. The skilled player, who emerged from Barcelona's academy and a star at Arsenal in his time, arrived as coach after a short stint as Pep Guardiola's technical assistant. With little experience as a technical director, the directors backed Arteta's process after he finished fifth last year.
Despite not qualifying for the Champions League, the game displayed in the last games of the season left a pleasant impression to support the coach. Today, the team seems in good shape, with 9 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss in the National League, this team is on track to be first just before the World Cup. Likewise, it is first in its Europa League group with 12 points out of a possible 12.
2. Safety Goalkeeper
The 24-year-old goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, from Sheffield United, has been a fundamental piece in this Arsenal. He is even one of the main candidates to go as a substitute for Jordan Pickford in the Qatar World Cup with the English team. In 31 games he has 8 clean sheets, he has only conceded 37 goals with 58 stops and a passing effectiveness of 58.23%
3. Superlative Individual Levels
Another important reason that responds to the great situation of Arsenal is the good moment of several of its players. Figures like Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka, Martin Ødegaard and Gabriel Jesus have put the team on their shoulders and have shown excellent levels.
Not only because of the great complement that Jesus and Zinchenko have brought as new additions for the season, the levels of the well-known Xhaka, Ødegaard, and Partey are higher than those shown in past years.
4. Young Payroll and a Touch of Experience
If there is something that Arteta has bet on, it is in young players. Most of the starting 11 (and alternates) are under 25 years old. Its greatest figures are Gabriel Jesus (25 years old), Martin Ødegaard (23 years old), Bukayo Saka (21 years old), William Saliva (21 years old), Aaron Ramsdale (24 years old), Ben White (25 years old) and Gabriel Magalhães (24 years). This has allowed the Basque coach to have a fast team with less chance of injury. However, not having a payroll as large as rivals like City could cost them at the end of the season.
In addition, from the youth of several of his pieces, he has 2 strongholds in the middle of the field that stand out for their experience. The Swiss Granit Xhaka (30 years old) and the Ghanaian Thomas Partey (29 years old) bring their route to the youngest and have proven to be an ideal combination.
5. Poor Level of Other Competitors
Likewise, this year's Premier has not only been characterized by the good moment of Arsenal, but also by the low level of numerous of its competitors. Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham, nor Liverpool nor Manchester United are meeting expectations at the beginning of the tournament. Their payrolls are even more expensive than Arsenal, and they have not been able to compete today with neither the Gunners nor Pep's Manchester City.
It is precisely City that today seems to be Arsenal's only competitor in the title race. Just 2 points behind, with a plugged-in Erling Haaland and a superior payroll locker, the Citizens pose the biggest threat to the Londoners. A confrontation between the student and the teacher in the banks and between 2 management models.
Whether Arsenal will finally be champions again, only time will tell. However, this moment that the fans of the London red team are experiencing can enjoy it. Not only the title will be a reason for joy, but also to celebrate the great moment of the team with a much more austere payroll than that of its rivals.