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3 controversial truths fans must learn to accept as fact

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta (Photo by Tim Goode/Pool via Getty Images)

Arsenal fans don’t agree on a lot, but here are three controversial truths that they should just accept now rather than later.

There aren’t a lot of things that fans are going to agree on following the conclusion of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Arsenal finished eighth, their lowest in quite some time, but we also have to remember that Liverpool did the same. And yes, I will continue to parallel our rebuild to Liverpool’s rebuild and you can get over it.

And as the transfer window opens up today (though don’t expect much action before the FA Cup Final), the debates will continue, raging around names like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and more.

But for as few things as there are to agree about, I’m going to stoke the flames a little more and introduce three facts that are by no means unanimous, that fans should just agree on now, rather than having to hold out and admit it later on.

After all, it’s cool to accept a fact before it’s a proven fact. But for those that still need convincing, I’ll do my best.

We start with No. 3.

3. Mikel Arteta is the man for the job

Definitely the least controversial point on this list, but still one that fans are questioning. With Arteta failing to lift the Gunners into a European Cup spot, as well as failing to keep the club inspired for more than 45 minutes at a time.

But more importantly, Arteta united a dressing room that had been lost under Unai Emery. All the players sang the praises of their new manager, from youngsters like Bukayo Saka up to stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There was a unanimous belief among the players, which means that there should be a unanimous belief among the fans as well. After all, I put my faith in Aubameyang’s opinion more than some guy on Twitter.

Arteta knows what’s right for this club, he’s handled it well despite the inconsistencies of personnel, and next year we will start to see those changes paying dividends in a big way.

At No. 2, let’s get more controversial.

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