Arsenal’s victory against Manchester United was long overdue and Mikel Arteta deserves full praise, with goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos giving the Spaniard his first victory as head coach.
Their performance was one of, if not, the most impressive of the season to date, with Arsenal adopting a high intensity pressing style against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.
Arteta managed to employ a tactic that nullified Manchester United’s willing runners and overran their midfield. The performance shows that Arteta is a manager that does his homework and is capable of being a match for any manager tactically.
Speaking after the game Arteta was delighted with his sides performance, praising his player’s commitment and the contribution made by the Emirates crowd.
“It feels great, incredible; I’m so happy and proud of the players and the performance they put in,” the Spanish coach told BT Sport.
“It was much better in the first half than the second. Everything we planned to do worked really well. We had enough chances to put the game to bed much earlier. Physically the level dropped in the second half but the commitment and desire was terrific.
“Right from the start I could feel a different atmosphere. Thank you so much to the fans because we really need them. The players play so much better when they are behind us. Hopefully we gave them something to be proud of today.
He’s also managed to successfully engage all of his players with his vision and style of play in just a few weeks, something predecessor Unai Emery struggled to do towards the end of his tenure as Arsenal head coach.
In the remaining months of the season, things can only continue to improve under Arteta as his players get to grip with his demands, while he evaluates who he wishes to remain and leave the squad ahead of the 2020/21 season. As things stand today it is clear that Arsenal has got the right man.