Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the way Mikel Arteta has taken control of his Arsenal side following his arrival at the Emirates in December.
The Spaniard is the club’s second permanent manager since the Frenchman bought his lengthy tenure to an end.
Arteta, who left his role as Manchester City No 2 to take the job, took over a club languishing in midtable.
But he has since won the FA Cup and Community Shield while embedding his blueprint.
And Wenger, while applying some perspective, has praised Arteta’s start,
“[Arteta] got the grip back on the team. They finished well, though they had a bad Premier League. Fifty-six points!” he told The Times.
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The Spaniard has seen several new faces arrive in north London this summer but his biggest coup was convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pen a new deal.
Optimism is growing that Arsenal will continue their upward trajectory and could challenge for the top four.
Arteta’s team have won two of their opening three fixtures and dumped Liverpool out of the EFL Cup in midweek.
The Gunners however have endured three successive seasons without Champions League football.
That led Unai Emery, the man who Arteta succeeded, to claim that Arsenal were on a “downward slope” prior to his arrival.
Wenger though rejects that idea having led them to the FA Cup the year before his departure and delivered a second place finish in 2016.
“In 2017 we made 75 points and won the FA Cup so you cannot say that [Arsenal were in decline] and the year before  we finished second in the league,” Wenger said earlier this year.
“Arsenal is a club that is in a very strong position financially. It has good players, after that when you are a manager you have to stand up for what you do and your result and not look around you.”
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