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Mikel Arteta reaches 50 Premier League wins nearly as quick as Arsene Wenger

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Mikel Arteta recorded his fiftieth Premier League win as a supervisor as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace in Friday evening’s Premier League opener and is now the second quickest Gunners boss to achieve half a century of prime flight victories.

Arteta has taken 98 league video games to get thus far, with solely Arsene Wenger capable of higher that – the Arsenal icon racked up 50 league wins marginally quicker in 94 video games.

It speaks volumes in regards to the job Arteta has finished and continues to do for Arsenal. The Spaniard was tasked with basically ripping issues up and beginning once more after the considerably scattergraph tenure of predecessor Unai Emery, who had himself inherited a tough state of affairs from the retiring Wenger.

Wenger confronted the same state of affairs when he first arrived in north London within the autumn of 1996 and rapidly set about revolutionising the membership in additional methods than merely on the pitch. Inside two years, Arsenal had been celebrating a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Arteta has a a lot harder problem on his fingers to attain one thing like that so quick given the immense high quality of Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool, however his report in comparison with Wenger’s is a transparent indicator that his squad is not off course.

It is usually value noting that since Arteta’s first recreation in December 2019, solely Pep Guardiola (70) and Jurgen Klopp (64) have really gained greater than his 50 Premier League video games.

As for 12 months on 12 months progress, Arsenal are already in higher form than they had been this time final 12 months after they misplaced to Brentford and went on to have their worst begin to a season for the reason that Nineteen Fifties.

A 12 months extra skilled, extra in tune with the supervisor’s philosophy and usually higher ready, Arteta’s Arsenal reveals the type of resilience in opposition to Crystal Palace that hasn’t at all times been there over the 10-15 years – even throughout the later Wenger years. That was particularly so when the house aspect turned up the stress within the second half and the Selhurst Park crowd acquired louder.

At 40, Arteta continues to be a younger supervisor and there’s a feeling that this venture is simply actually simply getting began.

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