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Does anyone really think successive 1-0 victories over Norwich City and Burnley are the beginning of something special at Arsenal, the start of a bright new era under Mikel Arteta?

While we’re not saying the Gunners were undeserving of their three points at Turf Moor, it’s worth pointing out they conceded 18 shots to a struggling Burnley and, if it wasn’t for a wonderful Martin Odegaard free-kick and some superb Gabriel Magalhaes defending, the scoreline – and narrative – would look very different.  

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A couple of narrow wins against two of the league’s poorest sides are fooling no-one.

This Arsenal side continues to perform far worse than the sum of its parts, an antithesis to a Brighton and Hove Albion side sitting fourth in the Premier League table under Graham Potter, one solitary point adrift of pacesetters Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. 

Is Graham Potter the man to succeed Mikel Arteta at Arsenal?

Potter was famously described by Pep Guardiola as the “best English manager” in the game a few months ago. Then again, Pep also predicted a few weeks later that Arteta, his old Etihad protege, would turn Arsenal into “real” title challengers (Metro).

Even the great Guardiola gets it wrong from time to time. 

But Arteta could do worse than take a leaf out of Potter’s book – and we don’t mean by growing a scraggly, two-tone chin warmer.  

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If the former Swansea City and Ostersunds boss can turn the enigmatic Yves Bissouma into the self-proclaimed ‘best midfielder in the Premier League’ – if he can get Adam Webster, Neal Maupay and Pascal Gross outplaying the very best in the land, imagine what he could do with Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and an out-of-sorts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, not to mention Arsenal’s smattering of exciting young talent. 

According to TEAMtalk, Arsenal have identified Potter as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta should this new dawn prove to be one of the ‘false’ variety.  

If Brighton beat arch rivals Crystal Palace next week – and if Arsenal lose at home to north London neighbours Tottenham – the clamour for change will only grow. 

And while there have been inevitable links with Antonio Conte, the miracle-working, silverware-securing former Inter, Chelsea and Juventus boss, Potter ticks a lot of the boxes for Arsenal – free-flowing football, a penchant for youth development and an ambitious long-term plan.

Here’s what some Arsenal supporters on Twitter had to say about the situation:

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