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Arteta’s bust-ups portray his iron-fist kind of leadership.

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager has proved to be a leader who has ruled his team with an iron fist ever since the first day he was appointed to lead the Gunners. Arteta’s demand for high standards of professionalism has seen him get into conflicts with some of his players, the latest being Aubameyang. The Gabon international found himself in trouble with his boss after turning up late in the North London derby match against Tottenham.

Although it was reported that the issue was put to rest and the rift was resolved, Auba, the team captain was fined for his tardiness.

 He is not the only player who found himself at odds with his boss. 

Granit Xhaka.

It is remembered how the Swiss international came close to leaving Arsenal during Unai Emery’s time after burst up with fans in a poor display in a match against Crystal Palace. However, he was able to come through and turn things around under Mikel Arteta

In January during a game against Burnley, Xhaka pulled a poor challenge that saw him sent off. Arteta didn’t take it lightly and said that the Swiss had “overstepped the line”.

Arteta was furious that his mistake cost his team.


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Mesut Ozil.

Arteta decided to omit the Germany World Cup winner out of Premier League and Europa League competitions. Mikel did not view the player as part of his Arsenal plans with reports indicating that Ozil’s attitude in training was not at the level his manager wanted.

Despite Ozil being axed from the Arsenal squad, he insisted on staying and fighting for his position in the team. Arsenal had to continue paying him £350,000 per week for the remaining six months before he finally left for Fernebhence.

Matteo Guendouzi.

The Frenchman was impressive as he pulled impressive displays which landed him a Golden Boy nomination at Arsenal. 

Arsenal had acquired him at a bargain price of £8m. Arteta however put his temperament in question when he took over from Unai Emery. 

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Nicolas Pepe.

The most expensive Arsenal player struggled for performance since he landing at Arsenal. Arteta as a coach stood by him during his difficult times encouraging him to replicate the Europa League display to Premier League. 

In a game against Leeds, Nicolas was sent off after headbutting Ezgjan Alioski. 

Although gunners were able to hold the game to a barren draw, Arteta did not hesitate to blame Pepe for what he termed as “unacceptable ” behavior. Arteta said “I really like the personality of the team. When Pepe let the team down, how we suffered together and stuck to what we had to do.”

William Saliba

The Arsenal acquired Saliba from Saint-Etienne at £27m with the player unable to work out the way into a regular first-team spot.

With injuries ruining his progress, Saliba felt frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities.

Arteta even said he felt “fed up” with the Saliba situation as the player felt desperate in needed to go for a loan. 

Saliba joined Nice on loan where he has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes with a possibility of now reuniting with his team.

Lucas Torreira.

Signed from Sampdoria Sampdoria in Serie A, Arsenal had a lot of expectations for him to deliver. However, the 24 years Uruguayan failed to settle and show his best form for the club.

Arteta finaly froze Torreira and sent him on loan to Atletico Madrid.

with no option for a permanent deal.

Torreira’s dad suggested that Arteta would have to love his son again on the pitch. He said:

 “Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does,” 

“That’s why he’s not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes.

“He needs to show what he can give on the pitch. He’s encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.

“Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager he didn’t count.”


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