Having knocked holders Manchester City out of the FA Cup in the semifinals mere days after beating newly crowned champions Liverpool in the Premier League, Arsenal have come within a step of lifting a major trophy – something not many would have expected at most points during the 2019/20 season. Coach Mikel Arteta seems to have instilled a fresh amount of self-belief into the team, as well as found a way to help players lift their individual performances to another level.
Nobody thought they could do it, but when it mattered the most, Arsenal pulled a rabbit out of the hat and beat Manchester City to progress into the final of the FA Cup. After this monumental win, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta spoke to the media as the club looks ahead to another trip to Wembley.
On trusting the process:
Yes, we are really happy for what happened in the last four or five days, to beat probably the best two teams in Europe is not an easy thing to do. A lot of credit goes to the players for what they are doing and the performances and the level of fight and decision-making they are showing on the pitch.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is well aware of the task that lies ahead of him as the Gunners prepare to face Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final this evening. Prior to kick-off, Arteta spoke with the media and gave his thoughts on the game.
On whether he can target Manchester City’s weaknesses:
That’s what we will try to do as much as possible. Like any other team, they have some weaknesses as you mentioned and as well, it’s about stopping their strengths, which they have a lot of. This is part of any game plan, it’s not about City or any other opponent that we’re facing, and tomorrow we will do exactly the same.
Just when we think Arsenal are down and out, they turn around and pull off one of the shock results of the season. Last night, the Gunners surprised a whole lot of people by picking up a huge three points against Premier League champions Liverpool in a game that many expected them to get battered in.
After the big win at the Emirates, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media as the club’s push for a place in the UEFA Europa League next season continues.
Arsenal put in a very smart, organized and responsible performance as they beat Liverpool at the Emirates on Wednesday evening, booking fresh three points which could be vital in their bid to secure European football for next season. It was only the third Premier League defeat the newly crowned champions have suffered all season, the second after their title was confirmed and their own performances became mostly bleak.
The loss against Tottenham in the North London derby was a hard one to take, especially when you consider the fact that Arsenal had the lead. Still, there’s no use in dwelling on it, because there’s been a quick turnaround as we head into what is bound to be a defining fixture for the club against Liverpool.
Prior to the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media as they prepare to welcome the Reds.
After a great deal of build-up, Arsenal fans were left feeling desolate on Sunday evening as they were beaten 2-1 by bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby. It was a real battle between the two sides with the Gunners often looking like the better team, but when push came to shove, they just couldn’t keep Spurs out – and they were made to pay for missing a handful of chances.
After the game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media regarding the defeat.
Mikel Arteta has indeed instilled a new sense of team play since he stepped into the Emirates dugout, there can be no doubt about that. However, the defeat in the North-London Derby on Sunday has highlighted the same problems the Gunners have been struggling with for a very long time.
Arteta has indeed increased Arsenal’s ability to control games. The high possession percentage from the Derby (62%) backs that up, albeit with a slight reservation given that Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho rarely ever cared about his teams seeing more of the ball. But once again it mostly comes down to individual mistakes.
The work Mikel Arteta has done since taking over as Arsenal head coach has shown signs of progress, and speaking to the Daily Mail, fellow former midfielder Gilberto Silva believes the boss will do ‘good work’ for the club.
Having arrived to Highbury directly from Brazil in 2002, Silva made a total of 170 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring on every 10th appearance on average. He was a part of the legendary “Invincibles” team, which won the Premier League title in 2003/04 without a single defeat to earn the name. Further more, he played at the base of midfield, just like Arteta himself.
This Sunday, Arsenal will face their biggest game of the season so far as they prepare to lock horns with their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Fans and pundits alike are already gearing up for a pretty bruising affair, and given the stakes involved, you’d have to imagine it’s going to be a pretty tense encounter, too.
Prior to the game, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta spoke with the media in his pre-match press conference where he spoke about a range of topics as the club goes after what would be a huge three points.