Mikel Arteta: Days away from Football Helped Arsenal to Refocus
Mikel Arteta believes that the time spent away from Arsenal during the international break allowed him and his team-mates to regroup and refocus ahead of the Premier League run-in. The Arsenal players not away with their national teams were given a few days off by Arsène Wenger ahead of Saturday’s 4-1 win over Reading.
And the Spanish midfielder, who scored from the penalty spot on Saturday, believes that the Gunners reaped the rewards of the break when they returned to action against the Royals. “We had three days free to get some time with turn, how could we possibly sack him again? Having to part company with Jose twice would be the lowest of the low.
It is evident that Abramovich doesn’t want to win ugly, the amount of time it took him to employ Di Matteo demonstrated this. If he didn’t offer him the job the supporters would have been outraged, Abramovich didn’t have much of a choice despite the fact Di Matteo didn’t bring the tika-taka football he craves. Ever since Mourinho’s departure in 2007, the club have never truly found someone to fill the presence he left.
We all thought Ancelotti was the man to do this after 3 years and 3 managers worth of trying, but he was to eventually suffer the same fate as Jose. This decision was the worst of all for me, Carlo was the first manager under Roman to really entertain us with exciting football as he bagged a momentous double in his first season, but one season without silverware and our bonkers owner couldn’t resist his trigger-happy ways once again.
I would much prefer Abramovich to bring in another manager similar to Ancelotti, who can win football matches whilst dazzling us with attacking football. In fact if any former manager was to return, I’d rather it was Carlo than Jose. The Special One is a legend at the club and we all love him, but it would serve Chelsea much better to leave themselves with good memories of him and move on once and for all.
Wise choices for the job would be Jurgen Klopp or Michael Laudrup, they both employ successful and impressive systems at their respective clubs. Bringing in one of these managers would be a fantastic move by Abramovich. He could even bring in Zola or Poyet.
They would both earn instant respect from the fans and players like Di Matteo, but in contrast to him they both have very good attacking records as managers of Watford and Brighton. the family and relax our minds from football,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “I think sometimes that’s very good. “[After the break] we trained really hard in the last week and this week as well.
And I think we played very well [against Reading]. “We had a really high tempo right from the start. I think we had a lot of good combinations around the box. We looked lively. In the first half, we could have killed the game. After the third goal, I think the game was over.” Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League next Saturday.