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Mikel Arteta has solved Arsenal problem that Alan Shearer first spotted

Mikel Arteta has transformed Arsenal’s fortunes since taking charge in 2019 and the Gunners are once again bonafide Premier League title contenders

Mikel Arteta has slowly but surely turned Arsenal’s luck around since becoming manager in 2019, and Arsenal are now serious contenders for the Premier League title.

However, when Arteta first took over from Unai Emery, the club was in a bit of a mess. It took him a while to start making improvements, and there were rumours his job was at risk before Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2020.

Since then, Arsenal have been getting better and better with a completely new team, full of young, exciting players leading the way. Arteta has had to make some tough decisions to get here – just ask Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Both players weren’t performing well despite their high wages, and both were shown the door without much ceremony. Before Ozil left, famous pundit Alan Shearer pointed out how the German player’s expensive contract had become a big problem for Arsenal.

And the former Newcastle player pointed out Arteta needed to get both players out of the club in order for results to come.

“I’m sure he [Mikel Arteta] knew it already, but he knows he has got a big, big, difficult job on his hands,” Shearer said during an episode of Match of the Day back in 2020

One to get results, and two to get players out of that football club who he needs to. When you look at the Aubameyang situation with his contract, I don’t see him signing a contract there, I don’t.

And there’s no way they can give him that. It was a huge mistake to give Mesut Ozil that salary. He can’t even get into the team when they’re going to Brighton. It’s one thing at Manchester City, but when you’re going to Brighton and you know you’ve got to be creative, he can’t even get in the team. And it’s not only this manager that hasn’t picked him.”

Even though Aubameyang got a big contract, he didn’t stay long at the Emirates under Arteta, who ended that deal with Arsenal in February 2022.

Since then, Arteta and sporting director Edu have put together an exciting young team that nearly won the title last season but fell short at the end.

The Gunners seem ready to compete again this year after adding more players in the summer transfer window. Right now, Arteta’s team is in third place, just two points behind the top team, Liverpool.

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