DANNY MURPHY: Mikel Arteta can draw on his years spent with Pep Guardiola in the title race
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DANNY MURPHY: Mikel Arteta can draw on years spent working with Pep Guardiola as Arsenal approach the final leg of their title race… the Gunners are playing excellent football and look well-equipped for the fight
- Arsenal sit eight points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table
- They look mentally tough enough to see it out and are playing great football
- Mikel Arteta should draw on experience picked up from old boss Pep Guardiola
Working alongside Pep Guardiola for many years can’t guarantee Mikel Arteta the title — but it is a big help.
Though he’s still relatively inexperienced, the Arsenal manager was in the room when Pep fought off Liverpool in the greatest title race of them all in 2019.
He’ll have picked up valuable lessons as we get to the business end of this season and you can already see the benefit to the Gunners.
Not only can Arsenal do a passable impression of City’s brand of football, they also look mentally equipped for the fight.
Arteta knows when to put an arm round the shoulders of his players and when to hammer them.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side are in the driving seat with 10 Premier League games remaining
Arsenal re-established their eight point lead by beating Leeds after City’s win over Liverpool
Arteta should draw on his experience from working with Man City manager Pep Guardiola
City played some of their best stuff in beating Liverpool 4-1 at lunchtime with a display that might have worried Arsenal.
Not a bit of it. Their own victory against Leeds was emphatic rather than nervy and underlined Arteta has a proper squad now — winning convincingly without William Saliba, and Bukayo Saka on the bench after the internationals.
The most important thing is that both managers and teams have belief they will finish on top. That’s why it’s going to be so exciting.
Like the title race, the relegation scrap is set to run. I was delighted to see my old manager, Roy Hodgson, start with a win against Leicester. I don’t want his legacy to be tarnished with a Crystal Palace relegation, and I don’t see it happening.
The pressure is now on Leicester. They and West Ham are the teams I’m surprised to see down there.
Even so, it’s a huge week for Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers. Home games against Aston Villa and Bournemouth are opportunities they simply have to grasp.