Arsenal secured another FA Cup Semi-Final berth as the Gunners ,managed a late winner against Sheffield United at the Bramall Lane. And here are the four things, that were quite vivid in the Arsenal ,victory at the Bramall Lane.
After the huge £72.5 million move in the summer, there have been criticism of Nicolas Pepe’s time so far with the Gunners. The player came with a huge goal-scoring reputation in France, but couldn’t replicate that in the Arsenal side. But since the restart, Pepe has looked a better player. The arrival of Arteta has definitely galvanized the player and it is showing. Pepe scored Arsenal’s opener in the match from the spot, and looked threatening the whole game on the right side. Even Arteta was so pleased with the Ivorian’s defensive work as well. He has been involved in 16 goals in his first season at the club, and only Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has betters stats, so that speaks for itself.
Three games. One goal. Zero wins. The initial surprise – and then relentless consistency – that greeted Sheffield before the break has failed to return with them. There were glimmers, at least, in this game. A sleekness going forwards and several dangerous balls behind Arsenal’s defense that should have been punished. But it was not enough as they were not consistent yet again. They battled hard in the second half and got the equalizer, but then got caught in the break and conceded a soft goal. With a handful number of games to play, the Blades will have to reinvent their killer instincts to get the elusive European spots.
A massive heart, great talent, Hardwork are some of the adjectives that Mikel Arteta used post-game regarding Kieran Tierney, and the Scotland international deserved all the plaudits. He was outstanding on the left-hand side of the Gunners. His defensive work was brilliant, while going forward the player looked immensely potent as well. The advanced role of Tierney burst him into a new level of energy, and the Gunners benefitted from it.
But for another youngster Matteo Guendouzi, it was another game without any participation. The Frenchman’s melee after the Brighton game has put him in hot waters, and Arteta is teaching him a lesson of discipline. There have been talks of Guendouzi leaving, but we don’t see that’s happening though.
The Orchestrator named Xhaka:
It is astonishing how life changes in just a matter of months. A few months ago, Granit Xhaka was ready to leave the club, was under bitter wrath of the Arsenal faithful following his clash with the fans in a Premier League match. He was stripped, of the captaincy by then manager Unai Emery and was certain to leave.
But things have changed for the midfielder now. His role in the midfield was quickly understood by Mikel Arteta, and the Spanish boss has assured the player and has managed to instill confidence in the Switzerland international. Xhaka was instrumental in the midfield again, and controlled the game quite nicely. Xhaka’s passing, the way he kind of dictated and distributed the game to the frontmen was excellent.