Arsenal star opens up on ‘genius’ Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has received high praise from one of his players this week.

Mikel Arteta took the reigns at Arsenal at the end of 2019.

During his first season at the club he was able to guide Arsenal to an FA Cup victory.

The Gunners’ league placement did not improve, however, with back-to-back 8th-place finishes.

However, 2021/22 saw Arsenal miss out on the top four on the final day. The north Londoners then pushed Manchester City for the title last season and finished in 2nd place.

This means Arsenal are back in the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

Now, as Arsenal prepare to challenge Man City once more, Reiss Nelson has been discussing Mikel Arteta:

“He’s a genius. It’s scary how he sees things,” he said. “He sees every single picture in every situation. You might think it’s just a simple pass to your full-back but he makes sure every detail is right. For example, making sure you’re playing it in that zone to his left foot so he can come out and play to the right centre midfield.”

“We have a lot of team meetings where he [Arteta] goes into more detail with what you have to do as a team, as a collective, but we also do unit meetings and that gives us more chemistry on the pitch.

“Sometimes it’s hard when you’re coming on for five minutes and you’ve got to take on your man,” Nelson, added. “If you lose the ball that might be the only thing that you do. There were certain situations where I wouldn’t shoot or take on the defender, but when the league was on the line, I did what I needed to do. I’ve become more ruthless.”

“Maybe it was that Bournemouth game,” Nelson contiued. “I’m not just saying it but in that moment he [Arteta] saw the left-hand side was open for me to use my attributes. He told me, ‘Every time you get the ball, get at your man, I don’t care if you lose it, just keep losing the ball.’ Some managers say, ‘play safe,’ but he wants you to take risks. For him, if the reward is high, you go for it.”

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