Arsenal look like a side going places as Mikel Arteta’s plan takes perfect shape in Norwich thrashing


rsenal left Carrow Road on Boxing Day with three points in the bag and the knowledge that, even though their game with Wolves on Tuesday has been postponed, they will start 2022 in the Premier League’s top four.

Such a feat was achieved with a fourth League win in a row and a dominant Arsenal performance, which was one of their best of the season.

People will rightly point out it was Norwich, who remain rock bottom of the table, but Mikel Arteta’s side put them to sword in emphatic style to win 5-0.

“It was very good [today],” said Arteta. “A really traditional day in this country and to play football in this atmosphere, it was great.

“I think we performed and played really good, we were really consistent and a real threat throughout the game and I am really pleased with the way we attacked and defended.”

Arsenal look like a side that are going places, which is not what you thought when they left Carrow Road back in December 2019.

That was, prior to Boxing Day, the last time Arsenal had travelled to Norwich in the Premier League and back then the club was in a real state of flux.

Just two players who started that game were in the XI who won 5-0 on Boxing Day, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka, while half of that 18-man squad have either left the club or are now out on loan.

It has taken time, but this Arsenal team has been transformed under Arteta and now his project is really beginning to take shape.

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