Mikel Arteta joins Arsene Wenger in Arsenal history books after opening day win

The Spaniard has joined an exclusive Gunners club

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has, on Friday, etched his name into the history books on the red half of north London.

The Spanish tactician, of course, guided his side back into action a short time ago.

In the Premier League’s curtain-raiser, Arsenal made the trip to Selhurst Park, hopeful of kicking their campaign into gear in positive fashion courtesy of a three-point haul.

And, upon the final whistle sounding in south London, this is precisely what the evening’s visitors had managed.

After Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring courtesy of a close-range header with 20 minutes on the clock, Bukayo Saka’s deflected cross found its way into the bottom corner via the head of Marc Guehi five minutes from time, ensuring that the Gunners would ultimately emerge on the right side of a 2-0 scoreline.

And, as alluded to above, in the process of guiding his side to an opening day triumph, Mikel Arteta secured for himself a noteworthy piece of Arsenal history.

As per statisticians Opta, the one-time midfielder has now notched 50 league wins across his 98 outings in the Gunners dugout to date.

Impressively, the only Arsenal head coach to have reached the half century mark in fewer fixtures comes in the form of the legendary Arsene Wenger, who took 94 games to manage as much.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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