The road to recovery will be a long one.
The general consensus coming from the camp, the players and the fans is that Mikel Arteta is the right man at the helm.
When you remember back the short distance from what he picked up, the improvement is also clear to see.
The problem is, the mess he did inherit was a pretty bad one.
The starting position was building from the wreckage, and we have seen steady progress.
We couldn’t defend against even the simplest attacks – and now we look resolute, at least capable of resisting for the majority of a game.
We were struggling to create chances, no matter the opponent. A solitary shot on target for an entire 90 minutes happened on many occasions, pedestrian, sideways football with tentative passing was what was being served.
Now, we are back to moving it forward, creating at least more than we did. We look dangerous at times.
We were giving up territory regularly, no longer bossing possession, both away and at home. We were shipping shots that was in double figures.
Now we are limiting teams, pressing them into errors.
The problem is that to make the above changes permanent, to keep them going over the entire match – will be a culture change.
Culture changes take far longer than five or six games.
Arteta also needs a couple of windows where he knows he can give a list of targets to Raul Sanllehi, Edu and co and have a chance of acquiring them. This window doesn’t count as we have a budget that doesn’t allow for spending.
Arteta is doing his utmost to weed out the errors and methods that has led us down this path but it won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty at times.
We’re seeing a change though and we need to give him time.
The result will be worth it.