Fixture list may have been kind but Mikel Arteta has rebuilt the culture and the squad to look ready for a return to the top level

Mikel Arteta has received the time required to shape a squad over two and a half years. Everyone wants a quick fix in football but sometimes changing a club’s strategy takes time and Arsenal could be about to reap the rewards.

We are only two games into the new Premier League season so no one should get too carried away with six points against Crystal Palace and Leicester but the signs are promising. The victories have set the platform for a great start to the campaign, especially with winnable matches against Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa before the month ends. If they could get maximum points it will help build momentum and confidence, two incredibly important traits.

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