Sagna Hails Arteta's Impact At Arsenal Despite Low-League Position
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has heaped praises on the club's manager Mikel Arteta, insisting that the Spanish manager has brought back peace at the Emirates for the first time since the departure of former boss Arsene Wenger. The club's former French boss Wenger ended his 22-year connection with the Gunners and decided to step down as manager for a couple of reasons and has since been replaced by Unai Emery, and now Arteta.
Before the departure of Unai Emery, the Arsenal dressing room reportedly had a lot of issues within it, including players' disharmony, minor rifts, and some small misunderstandings which all played a role in affecting the club's negative performances on the pitch. The negative performances were what triggered the club to let go of Emery and then appointing Arteta.
Since Arteta took over at the helm, there has been a notable change in how the players now relate with one another as they now share some laughs more frequently on the training ground, unlike under Emery when the atmosphere was almost always boring and dull.
Arteta has brought about some sort of calmness and unity among the players that they now play in good spirits even though they are not in a very good position in the Premier League table. Following these developments, Sagna has now moved to hail Arteta, insisting that his former teammate has done a really remarkable job that Emery could not do, and that it has reflected on the players' mindset and mentality.
In an interview with Goal, Sagna said that there was always going to be a huge challenge trying to replace someone like Arsene Wenger and outlined the fact that it was a hard decision for the club before they finally appointed Emery. He also said it was always going to take time to instill a fresh mindset to the players, and that Arteta is doing just that but added that everyone at the club would have to be patient with the manager for things to settle down completely.