The regime of Unai Emery lasted just 18 months and after a nightmarish run of nine matches without a win paved the way for his exit from North London. Interim Head Coach Freddie Ljungberg was unable to steady to the ship, and by the time Arteta was appointed five days out from Christmas Day, the 2019-20 season for Arsenal was in jeopardy.
Arsenal appointed former player Mikel Arteta to find a way and fix things in North London. He started to work and the progress might not have been astonishing, but slow and steady.
Arsenal salvaged an eighth-place Premier League finish in the end, and also got their hands on the FA Cup after a thrilling run which included impressive wins over Leicester, City, and Chelsea.
Still, a long way to go and the Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos has the faith in Arteta and firmly believes that he would turn things around in Arsenal.
In an interview published in The Sun, Ceballos said “The team was almost dead – but after Arteta’s arrival we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield.”
“It’s not even a year since he arrived and he has given a radical change to the club.”
“He’s the soul of the club and he’s lucky that the players trust him 100 percent.”
“Arsenal need him, in part because he takes the initiative most of the time.”
“Arsenal have to fight to be in the top four. But before there were five teams fighting to get into 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 up at the top of the table.”
“Southampton and Aston Villa, who last year struggled not to be relegated, have surprised everyone.”
“It is a tremendously competitive league, anyone can beat anyone. But our moment will come.”