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He may have hung his boots up in 2016, but a recent video of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta joining in with a passing training drill has led to some calls for him to come out of retirement.
Arteta has endured a tricky start to the new campaign, but after back-to-back Premier League wins, both he and his players finally have something to smile about.
The Spaniard has been in charge of the Gunners since late 2019, with questions lingering over his suitability for the role virtually ever since he first took the job.
Hope remains that the two recent 1-0 victories over Norwich and Burnley can be the catalyst for bigger and better things to come - as well as a general upturn in fortunes.
Next weekend, Arsenal will welcome North London rivals Spurs to the Emirates, for what is shaping up to be a defining fixture for both clubs.
The Gunners appear to have turned a corner result wise, while Nuno Espirito Santo's side are arguably heading in the opposite direction after a pair of 3-0 defeats.
Until derby day, fans are keeping themselves entertained by watching footage of Arsenal's training sessions. One particular video, which shows 39-year-old Arteta more than holding his own in a passing drill, went viral on social media.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta heavily involved in a possession drill in Arsenal training yesterday. [Arsenal YouTube] #afc pic.twitter.com/kJboNwcdjp
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 22, 2021
Some Twitter users, seemingly unhappy at the current crop of central midfielders in the Arsenal squad, joked that it might be time for the manager to select himself in the next matchday squad.
Playing a substantial role in a possession drill alongside his players, Arteta knocks the ball around comfortably, finding his targets with ease.
"Still better than half of them," said one Arsenal fan of the boss' showing.
"More mobile than Xhaka," another user replied.
"He's gonna get fed up and sub himself in at some point this season, I just know it," predicted another supporter.
However, one disgruntled viewer believed the drill was misguided given Arsenal's dreadful conversion rate this season.
"Hopefully this was followed up by a shooting drill because it's needed," they pointedly remarked.
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