Story of Mikel Arteta's Inaugural Season at Arsenal: 4 Achievements, 1 Challenge
, Jakarta - It hasn't even been a year since Mikel Arteta took up his new role in the world of football as Arsenal's manager, but he has conquered at least four big things.
Arteta has assumed the Arsenal manager's seat since 20 December 2019. Within 226 days, he conquered COVID-19, Liverpool, Manchester City and the FA Cup.
COVID-19 is a disease that has become a global pandemic after it has spread in China and disturbed many things in the world since the end of the first quarter of 2020, not to mention the continuity of soccer competition.
Arteta was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12, 2020, two days after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinaksi contracted the same disease. Both had contact when Olympiakos and Arsenal met in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Arteta's positive finding of COVID-19 also made the Premier League operators then suspend the 2019/20 season competition until an unspecified time limit.
However, Arteta has an extraordinary fighting spirit. He did not let the corona virus settle for long in his body and on March 23 he had recovered from an illness that is still a frightening threat in various parts of the world.
"I need three or four days to start feeling better, full of energy, and releasing all the symptoms that were there before," Arteta said in a teleconference with Spanish television station La Sexta on March 23.
"I'm fine now. I think I've recovered," he added.
COVID-19, Arteta's first big thing, which he did off the field.
Beat two champions
The English Premier League has been back in competition since June 17 and Arteta is still the target of criticism because it is thought to have little influence on Arsenal's work on the pitch.
While Arteta and Arsenal are still bombarded with criticism, Liverpool have ensured the Premier League title since the 31st round.
On July 15, Arsenal took turns entertaining the champions at the Emirates for the 36th week of the series.
At that time Liverpool were trying to be able to break the most points of the season, which Manchester City had with 100 points in 2017/18 or famous as centurion.
Liverpool arrived at the Emirates eyeing three points to smooth the ambition of breaking the centurion record, but Arteta did not allow that to happen. Arsenal won 2-1 over Liverpool.
Of course, for all parties the victory was deemed fortunate because Arsenal had left behind due to Sadio Mane's goals before then Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker alternately gave a three-point "prize" to the host.
However, luck was certainly the result of the hard work of the Arsenal players to carry out a tight guard in the final third of their front lines, forcing Van Dijk and Alisson to make a blunder.
Afterwards the Arsenal back line translated the tight defense coordination strategy instructed by Arteta to maintain a 2-1 advantage until dispersal.
Arsenal successfully defeated Liverpool, the team that won the Premier League. This is the second big thing that Arteta conquered.
The next conquest was only four days away. Arteta accompanied Arsenal to face Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals.
City are a defending champion team and are handled by Arteta's direct mentor in his coaching career, Pep Guardiola.
At Wembley, on July 18, Arteta's children successfully applied their instructions very well during the first 45 minutes to make City do not move and excel through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal.
The second half of City tried to get up but Aubameyang scored his second goal and helped Arsenal win 2-0, finishing the Citizens' nirkalah record in the English domestic cup competition for over two years.
Two giant surrender in the hands of Arsenal Arteta in a week.
"To defeat City means we have conquered two elite European teams in three or four days, which is very encouraging," Arteta said in a post-match commentary quoted by Arsenal's official website.
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