For the primary time since Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have a two-time supervisor of the month winner in a single season. Mikel Arteta received the award for March having crushed Watford and Aston Villa away from dwelling, sandwiching a snug dwelling win over Leicester Metropolis.
Arteta’s facet performed some magical soccer which confirmed particularly for the opening objective in opposition to Watford. This Arsenal group has discovered their groove once more and are displaying shades of a number of the membership’s greatest kind.
Nonetheless, it was clear with Chelsea and Liverpool additionally successful three matches in March that the selection was tight, however the robust performances of Arsenal are what edged it. But, it seems that Thomas Tuchel had taken the choice with some saltiness.
“We are able to win all of the matches and never win the award, that does not matter,” Tuchel mentioned in his pre-match press convention forward of the match with Brentford. An oxymoronic response, it appears tinged with some bitterness.
In the meantime, Mikel Arteta took the chance to reward his complete employees realizing he alone was not chargeable for the achievement. The Spaniard has instilled a gaggle mentality from day one and brought massive choices to maintain the mentality of the group in unison.
“Clearly it offers me a way of satisfaction as a result of I understand how troublesome it’s to do it on this league,” he mentioned. “However we have achieved that not solely with teaching employees, however all of the employees which can be right here at Colney. Clearly, the gamers too need to carry out and win soccer matches to be able to be recognised for that.
“After which particularly to our supporters. For the best way they’ve reworked the group, they deserve a whole lot of credit score. My gratitude goes to all people who helps of their method, and in the absolute best strategy to attempt to win soccer matches, which is the rationale why we’re right here.”
Tuchel’s response too was seemingly designed to maintain the deal with the success of his group. Nonetheless, simply days later, Arsenal have been left laughing at their west London rivals. Regardless of taking a one-nil lead by an Antonio Rudiger screamer, Chelsea ended up dropping 4-1 to Brentford.
The defeat has opened the door to the highest 4 race changing into a prime three chase for Arteta’s facet. The loss signifies that ought to Arsenal win in opposition to Crystal Palace, they’d go simply two factors behind the Blues.
The upheaval at Chelsea within the wake of Roman Abramovich’s membership sale plans and with the next takeover course of ongoing, there have been ideas that the Blues might begin feeling the stress and grow to be distracted. Arsenal face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with away followers now allowed to attend.
When the 2 sides met on the Emirates at first of the season, the Gunners put up little combat and duly misplaced. Nonetheless, the group that can go to Stamford Bridge on April 20 is a totally totally different one.
The composure of the 2 groups may very well be the deciding issue. Based mostly on the feedback of each managers of late, Arteta seems to be edging that too.