Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are gunning for the top-six after bouncing again from being tipped for a relegation battle.
That’s in response to membership legend David Seaman, who has praised the supervisor for main the north London membership’s comeback and resurgence following their dreadful begin to the season.
Arsenal recorded their worst begin to a league marketing campaign since 1974/75 as they managed simply 4 wins and two attracts from their opening 14 video games.
The membership headed into the Christmas interval all the way in which down in 15th, simply 4 factors above the bottom-three and strain was mounting on Arteta amid calls the Gunners – who have been struggling a disaster of confidence – have been set for a relegation battle.
However the horizon has regarded brighter for the reason that festive season, with Arsenal claiming three straight wins to elevate the gloom and elevate the membership to 11th forward of Thursday night time’s Premier League conflict in opposition to Crystal Palace.
A house win in opposition to the Eagles will see the Gunners climb to inside simply 4 factors of Tottenham in sixth, and solely six factors of the highest 4.
And Seaman is amazed by the group’s turnaround given how badly they have been taking part in solely a month in the past, and says the membership’s younger expertise have lifted the remainder of the group.
“It’s exceptional,” the previous goalkeeper advised Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“You wouldn’t have believed that if you happen to regarded on the method the group have been taking part in solely a few month in the past.
“They have been taking part in with zero confidence, they may hardly move it to one another, however now, what a change!
“It’s nice to see, they’re taking part in with confidence once more and the younger gamers are doing very effectively.
“I believe Arsenal have gotten away with it a bit, as a result of they might have had followers booing them, and belief me there would have been followers booing them with the performances they have been placing in earlier than.
“However now it’s completely totally different, we’re getting the skilled professionals again they usually’re beginning to play effectively and that’s encouraging the children, and every thing is wanting good.
“Folks have been speaking a few relegation battle, even Roy Keane spoke about it, however now they’ll critically take a look at the highest 5 – 6.
“It’s a difficult recreation, Palace could be harmful, particularly with Wilfried Zaha, and he’ll clearly be eager to show a degree, saying ‘why didn’t you signal me and why didn’t you deliver me to the membership’, as a result of Arsenal is the place he needed to go!
“However Arsenal simply must maintain doing what they’re doing, maintain progressing, going up the league and profitable video games – that results in success.
“And whenever you watch Arsenal, they’re taking part in with a lot confidence now. Everyone knows they’ve bought high quality, they’ve bought high quality all around the pitch, and that high quality taking part in with confidence could be harmful.”