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Mikel Arteta embodies everything right at Arsenal as Ainsley Maitland-Niles sets the example

Arsenal took their tally of record FA Cup victories up to 14 with an impressive comeback to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.

Frank Lampard’s side started the brighter with Christian Pulisic putting them ahead but goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of half time sealed the win for the Gunners.

As well as the win taking Arsenal’s link with the FA Cup even deeper, it means they now have Europa League football guaranteed for next season.

football.london take a look at some of the talking points from the 2-1 win which closed the 2019/20 season.

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Mikel Arteta epitomises everything right with Arsenal

When he was unveiled as the new Arsenal head coach in December, Mikel Arteta blew away those in attendance for his first press conference as well as those watching via the club’s official live stream. After 18 months of confused messaging, the Spaniard brought clear demands to the club which have been reinforced with each passing week since he took charge.

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In this first look into the new Arsenal, the Spaniard stressed the non-negotiables he would put in place surrounding work ethic which were crucial to changing the culture of the club because “if you don’t have the right culture, in the difficult moments, the tree is going to shake” as he said on December 20.

Sticking to his guns has been key to Arsenal capping off the season the way they did and the 38-year-old must take credit for that as it wasn’t an easy job. While Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi experienced upward trajectories almost immediately after his arrival, the same can’t be said for all players at the club. After starting the first two games of the restart, Matteo Guendouzi found himself out of the side, as he failed to meet the standard set by Arteta in the 2-1 loss at Brighton.

Although the way in which he deals with his players away from the pitch is key to how they perform on it, the direction Arteta has given the side has been just as impressive. Before lockdown, there were clear improvements in organisation with and without possession which continued after the restart.

Then switching to a back three, the way in which he used it was as far from what had been thrown together by Unai Emery previously. There was purpose behind each player’s role of the pitch which contributed to more focused and forceful performances across the board.

If the FA Cup final demonstrated anything it was that Arteta has embodied the courage it took Arsenal to appoint him head coach from the day he took charge and they are in the right hands going into the future.

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