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Wenger sees ‘potential’ in Arteta’s Arsenal amid questions of current coaching team


The legendary former Gunners boss believes a corner will be turned in 2021-22 after coming through a testing start to the campaign

Arsene Wenger claims to see “potential” at Arsenal that will allow a reversal in fortune to be delivered by Mikel Arteta and his coaching team at Emirates Stadium.

Questions have been asked through the opening weeks of the current campaign as to how long Arteta will remain at the helm in north London.

A disappointing opening delivered no points and no goals through three games, leading to a club-record £145 million ($200m) being spent in the summer transfer window, but a corner was finally turned in a 1-0 win over Norwich last time out.

What has been said?

Legendary former Arsenal boss Wenger, who spent 22 years in charge of the club between 1996 and 2018, told beIN Sports of the club’s class of 2021-22: “First of all, honestly I like to usually say what I think, I believe in this situation I’m an Arsenal fan.

“After that, of course, when I talk about Arsenal it’s a sensitive subject and at the moment the timing is maybe not the best to talk.

“I must admit, I find the squad full-of-quality. I’m not pessimistic because I feel they had two difficult games out of the first three – Chelsea on a high at home and of course after they go to Manchester City. Of course, you go to Man City and you can say it’s predictable that you could drop points.

“The first game against Brentford was the worst. This puts you immediately on the back foot.

“I want them to recover and I believe they will. They have the potential so I hope they return.”

Are Arsenal on the right track?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Norwich Premier League 2021-22

The Gunners need a positive result against Norwich. They also have to win that game without losing any points.

Arteta’s side struggled with pressure and tension in the Emirates, but they got the job done.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the club captain and scored the only goal in the game. This lifted Arsenal off the bottom of the table and placed them at 16th.

This success should be used as an advantge, with AFC Wimbledon and Burnley in the Premier League and Carabao Cup to follow. A derby with Tottenham is scheduled for September 26.

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