12 Th2 2022 | 16:46
Arteta on Arsenal’s ambitions
Since being knocked out of both cup competitions last month, Arsenal’s goal for the rest of the season has been clear – to qualify for the Champions League. They face stiff competition from Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham, but focusing solely on the Premier League will give Arsenal a slight edge.
Arsenal left January disaster behind. The minimal win against Wolves recently brought the Gunners close to the top 4. And after 3 precious points at Molineux, coach Mikel Arteta must thank two players, who rarely get to play in the game. past time.
Accordingly, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s calf injury has prevented him from playing since the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool. Cédric Soares was quickly filled in by the Spaniard in the match against Wolves because Arsenal had no better choice.
It has been a difficult period for the Portugal international, who has limited minutes to play, making just four Premier League appearances before the midweek game. This time, however, Cédric was so impressive that Arteta described him as “the best player in the opposition third”.
Offensively, he had two crosses against Wolves, one of which could have counted as an assist if Alexandre Lacazette hadn’t squandered it. On the defensive side, Cédric also had a memorable night. Cedric recovered the ball more than anyone else on the field with 10 times and also had 5 accurate tackles, the most of the game. His record in ground duels is also impressive, with 5/8 wins.
Another player also pleased Arteta even though he only appeared for 19 minutes. That’s Rob Holding. Gabriel Martinelli’s red card forced Arsenal to reinforce the defense and it was the reason Holding was brought on. Then, he had 9 phases to relieve the siege for his teammates.
“Today he deserves a lot of credit. He was on the bench, he was ready to help (us),” Arteta praised the student.
The Spaniard describes this as “the most professional team he has seen in the last 15 years”. Obviously it comes from extras like Cédric or Holding, who are ready to give their all for every minute on the field. Most likely, both will leave the club after this season, but that professionalism is necessary for Arsenal to fulfill its goal of finishing in the top four. Arteta did not buy anyone in January, perhaps because of these secret cards. .