It’s been an incredibly strange Premier League season, but Arsenal fans have no complaints. They sit top of the Premier League table by an astonishing eight points, a gap which could be extended to 11 if results go their way this weekend.
However, there’s one voice who has provided an alternative view throughout the season, and his name is Simon Jordan. I’m sure his name needs no introduction to Arsenal fans, as he’s been part of the bitter commentary mob campaigning against the Gunners and everything they do all season long.
But now, it looks like Jordan has woke up on the right side of the bed and see the Gunners for what they really are, a long-term title-challenging project. Not to say he’s ate his words, but it definitely does look that way.
According to Mail Sport (via Arsenal Buzz on Twitter), the talkSPORT host has had the following to say about Mikel Arteta:
"“[Arsenal] are here to stay and they must make sure Arteta is too. He is a force to be reckoned with. Tie him down, secure his future, let him complete the rebuilding job – and whatever you do, don’t return the favour to City and gift them Arteta when Pep Guardiola leaves.” – Simon Jordan (via Arsenal Buzz)"
The most important thing there is: Don’t return the favour. We know that Manchester City have an impending court case against them, a case which they’ll probably unethically buy themselves out. However, Pep is a very moral man, so it doesn’t look likely that he’ll remain at the helm of the club for the long-term future.
Man City have strengthened Arsenal enough. When you consider Arteta, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, it’s fair to say that they’re playing a City brand of football, to a much greater capacity.
Do you think Mikel Arteta is at Arsenal for the short-term, mid-term or long-term?