Last season, Mikel Arteta proved his worth as a manager as he guided Arsenal to their best Premier League campaign in years – while they ultimately finished second behind Manchester City, it was an admirable effort from everyone involved.
Following years of scrutiny as Arsenal boss, it appeared as though Arteta had a point to prove in 2022/23 – he has certainly shown that he is capable of hanging with the very best head coaches in the game today.
With that being said, how far can Arteta go? While he remains in charge of Arsenal, he will always be compared to the greatest Gunners manager of all time – Arsene Wenger.
Arteta still has a way to go before he can match the achievements of the legendary Frenchman – in this piece, we’ll examine what he has to do before they can be compared as equals.
What will Mikel Arteta have to do to match Arsene Wenger’s achievements?
To begin, Arsene Wenger is the only manager to have won the Premier League with Arsenal. Several others have won the First Division with the Gunners, such as Herbert Chapman and George Graham, but neither of these finished at the pinnacle of England’s top flight post-1992.
As such, this would be a good starting point – Arteta came close last season, so it appears that winning the Premier League is not outside of the Spaniard’s abilities.
However, of course, this was just the tip of the iceberg as to what Wenger achieved. He led Arsenal to an unbeaten Premier League season in the 2003/04 campaign – something that will be borderline impossible to replicate.
Additionally, Wenger was also a success in cup competitions. During his time at the Arsenal helm, he won seven FA Cups, alongside seven Community Shields.
When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal, he completely revolutionised the club from the ground up. While Arteta has raised the spirits at the club, he still has a mountain to climb to match Wenger.
What is Mikel Arteta’s legacy at Arsenal so far?
So far, Arteta has just one major honour to his name as Arsenal boss – in the 2019/20, his team defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup final to lift England’s top domestic trophy.
Certainly, if Arteta leaves the club at this moment, he will most likely be remembered fondly. His legacy would be a far cry from Wenger’s, but it also would not be inconsiderable.
However, it appears as though Arteta is only getting started so far. How far do you think the former Arsenal player can take the Gunners?