Jamie Carragher is impressed with Arsenal’s progress under Mikel Arteta after they dominated Tottenham to win the derby in north London on Sunday.
Since Arteta was named Arsenal’s new boss less than 18 months ago, the Gunners have beaten Manchester City and Chelsea on the road to FA Cup success, knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup and already in the Premier League against Manchester United and Manchester United won Chelsea that season.
But it was the style and manner of Sunday victory over Spurs that set Carragher apart.
“I like what I see from Mikel Arteta,” Carragher told Monday Night Football. “He was very pragmatic last season because he had to be and it won the FA Cup and beat big teams.
“They didn’t play against Tottenham like last season. They were up there and dominated. They looked and played like a great team.”
In all competitions, Arsenal have won nine of 19 games against “Big Six” under Arteta, compared to just three wins from the same number of games before the Spaniard’s arrival.
“Yes, Arteta was lucky that the next coach would probably always have plenty of time after the change of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. Arsenal could not be seen as a club that always changed coaches every 12 months,” Carragher continued. “That helps Arteta.
“But I also think that the move to Ozil, Sokratis and Mustafi in January almost gave the club a feel-good factor.
“I’m impressed with what you are doing.”
Video analysis: How Arsenal exploited Tottenham’s weakness
Henry’s Arsenal verdict
Former Arsenal captain and Premier League winner Thierry Henry:
“The squad is good. Can it be better? Yes.
“Has there been any progress? Yes.
“The table doesn’t lie and even though they won on Sunday they still stand behind Tottenham and a lot of teams. But it’s a process, he says, and hopefully it will explode soon, but it has to be consistency pretty quickly.”