Mikel Arteta praised for turnaround of ‘disillusioned’ Arsenal stars

Mikel Arteta has been praised for transforming Arsenal’s disillusioned stars since replacing Unai Emery as boss.

The Spaniard is starting to work his magic at the Emirates with the team now having lost only once in all competitions since he took over.

The Gunners came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday and stay within seven points of Chelsea in the Premier League top four.

Two goals from talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one from youngster Eddie Nketiah sealed the deal but it was the midfield that seemed to be flowing nicely.

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Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, and Mesut Ozil occupied the central areas and worked well in tandem throughout.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch praised Arteta for getting his team to work hard for each other.

“Arteta has brought a team spirit back to players that seemed disillusioned at the start of the season,” he said.

“I think this was typified in their midfield today through Ceballos, Xhaka, and Ozil.

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“I just thought Ceballos, who has come from Real Madrid, proved to today that he is not just good technically but can do the other side of things.

“Him and Xhaka did the dirty work and allowed Ozil to play and they stayed close to one another all day.

“This is something that wasn’t happening at the start of the season.

“Ozil played with a lot more freedom and played those incisive passes that we know he can play.

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“They typified Arsenal today and Arteta deserves a lot of credit.”

The Gunners have lost only one of their 12 games under Arteta and have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in the Premier League.

They also look well set to reach the last-16 of the Europa League and are through to the FA Cup fifth round.

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