Arsenal have their own midfield diamond and his name is Mikel Arteta. After scoring the winner for the Gunners on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has praised the Spaniard and revealed what a positive impact he has had on the Arsenal team this season.
“Since the beginning of the season, Mikel has been absolutely outstanding. He does a fantastic job, he is highly focused and I am very happy for him that he gets the rewards.
“If you lose three games in a row, you are in a crisis of confidence. Therefore it was important to stop that. Good teams go through some bad results, but reduce the time of the cycles and that is what we did here.
“You rely on experience because those players can deal better with the pressure and have gone through it before.”
Arteta has started every Premier league and Champions league game for Arsenal and his level of performance has been fantastic in all of them. His stats are absolutely awesome and he is indispensable to the Gunners.
Arteta, however, gave the credit for stopping the rot against QPR to his manager who he claims kept the players positive and restored their confidence after the two game slump.
“The boss was brilliant because he was very positive about the way we have to play and the belief we have to have.
“It is good that in the bad moments he keeps believing in us and gives us confidence, so we kept playing as we always do and we got rewarded.”
Maybe the two should get a room, but seriously it is great to know that neither Wenger nor Arteta will let their or other players’ heads drop following some bad results or performances. It also shows the difference between the management styles of Alex `the hairdryer` Ferguson and our own Prof. Hopefully his players will reward him with a win against Manchester United on Saturday.