The common opinion on Arsenal these days is that they have massively improved under Mikel Arteta and that better times must be ahead. The manager's been given the benefit of the doubt so far in his time at the helm of the Emirates, but other than an FA Cup win, there hasn't been too much to celebrate for Arsenal fans since Arteta took charge. The Gunners have been lackluster to start this season, particularly in front of goal, which is always going to be a problem given that their primary dilemma over the past decade has been at the other end of the pitch. With a few key additions in Gabriel and Thomas Partey, Arsenal could be set for another season in the top six. But they have a massive job to do to get there, especially given the topsy-turvy start to this Premier League season, and their own personal woes to start the campaign. The Gunners currently sit 11th in the table, with a goal differential of -1. But still, many believe Arteta is the right man for the job and that better times are ahead. So with that, here is our Tactical Analysis of Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.
The 2019-20 Premier League season was Arsenal's worst in twenty-five years. Not since 1995 had the Gunners finished below 8th place in the table and even under the leadership of Mikel Arteta, their form was inconsistent at best. Despite Arteta's tactical nuisances and potential to be a world class manager, Arsenal fans may be feeling skeptical going into the 2020-2021 season knowing that things have gotten worse, rather than better, since Arsene Wenger left the club. Even their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea did little to lift the fans' spirit and their lack of Premier League success has had an impact on their ability to attract top quality players in this summer's transfer window thus far. With all that said, Arsenal are still an incredibly interesting outfit and Mikel Arteta will undoubtedly prove to be a tactician worth examining throughout 2020-2021. To kick off our new Transfer Market Analysis Series, we discuss who Mikel Arteta may look to bring in to strengthen his team and achieve greater success in 2020-21.
In an era where formations are ever-changing, the 3-4-3 has become one of the most popular to use around the world. Serie A teams have long been fans of the back three, but formations like the 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 are growing in popularity virtually everywhere - from Spain to France to Germany to even England … Continue reading How Chelsea Won The 2016-17 Premier League Title Playing 3-4-2-1
In all of Chelsea's recent struggles, much has been made about how Maurizio Sarri has failed to do exactly what the three men previous to him also failed to do: adequately manage the Chelsea dressing room. Although Conte, Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas all struggled to make a long-lasting impression on the Chelsea dressing room, … Continue reading 4 Ways Maurizio Sarri Can Save His Job
CHELSEA INTRODUCTION After winning the league in such stunning circumstances last season much should be expected of Chelsea going into 2017-18. But with the uncertain futures of a few massive stars and the departure of one crucial midfield giant, many are beginning to doubt that Chelsea can be repeat champions. It's practically a reality that … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Chelsea
Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 80-61 80. Roberto Firmino Roberto Firmino has been desperately close to making this list so many seasons in a row and now has finally cracked our end of season Top 100 list for the first time! The Brazilian forward has been so consistently stellar for Liverpool this season, just providing Liverpool … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (80-61)
After last week's announcement of the 2016-17 PFA Premier League Team of the Year and the head-scratching selections of David De Gea and Gary Cahill, it is time that The Mastermind reveals their Premier League Team of the Season. These are the best eleven players from the 2016-17 Premier League season including Player, Young Player and Manager of … Continue reading The Mastermind’s 2016-17 Premier League Team of the Season
April 20th, 2017 marked the announcement of the 2016-17 PFA Premier League Team of the Year. As always, there are a few eyebrow-raising selections. But on the whole it is a really solid team full of players who have been absolutely incredible this year for their clubs. The Mastermind's very own Team of the Season … Continue reading Analyzing The 2016-17 PFA Team of the Year
The Premier League is beginning to wind down with Chelsea all but walking away with the league title, but as March would have it, the race for relegation, top four and more are just heating up. March was another strange month in the Premier League in the sense that some teams played twice, some played … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month March 2017
It's seemed like a foregone conclusion for about 5 months now but this might have been the week that won the title for Chelsea Football Club. No side in Premier League history has ever been 13 points ahead of every other club and failed to win the title, putting it almost beyond doubt that the Blues … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 29
What an enthralling month of action January turned out to be in the Premier League! Chelsea's incredible winning streak finally came to an end but lasted long enough to tie Arsenal's record, Manchester United's unbeaten run continued and the roller coaster of a ride over at Manchester City continued for Pep Guardiola. It truly was … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month January 2017
If you haven't watched a minute of Premier League action this season you may be surprised to see this name claiming the number one spot in the world of football as The Mastermind's Player of the Month for January. But in truth, David Luiz has been arguably the best defender in the Premier League this … Continue reading Mastermind Player of the Month (January 2017): David Luiz