Mikel Arteta ought to be within the dialog for Premier League Supervisor of the 12 months if he guides Arsenal into the highest 4 this season, insists Jason Cundy.
The Gunners took one step nearer to Champions League qualification with a late 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday.
It means the north Londoners at the moment are one level behind fourth-placed Manchester United with two video games in hand.
They’d even be simply two factors behind Chelsea, who’re presently in third, if they’re to win the sport in hand they’ve over their London rivals.
And Cundy believes that Arteta, who got here in for some heavy criticism from followers and pundits alike final season, may very well be up for Supervisor of the 12 months this season, forward of the likes of Jurgen Klopp and former colleague Pep Guardiola.
“You’ve acquired at hand it to Arteta,” Cundy stated on talkSPORT’s Sports activities Bar.
“He hasn’t acquired there but, there’s nonetheless loads of soccer to be performed, and there’s nonetheless a number of factors up for grabs, however, if he does get them into the highest 4, he’ll virtually be Supervisor of the 12 months!
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O’Hara responded: “Supervisor of the 12 months?! For getting Arsenal into the highest 4? They used to dominate the Premier League. All they’ve needed to do is play 38 video games!”
Cundy then went on to say: “Genuinely, you anticipate Chelsea to get prime 4, you anticipate Liverpool to get prime 4, you anticipate City to get prime 4, you anticipate Man United to get prime 4.
“You don’t anticipate Arsenal to get prime 4. If he will get prime 4 this 12 months – look, I’m no Gooner, I’m a Chelsea fan however you need to give him credit score.
“If he will get them Champions League soccer, are you telling me he’s not within the dialog for Supervisor of the Season?
O’Hara tried to place the argument to mattress by stating: “No, they spent £150million. No, he’s not within the dialog. Completely not.”
While O’Hara is correct – the Gunners spent massive cash on the likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard, and Aaron Ramsdale in the summertime – Arteta has turned a flakey Arsenal staff right into a top-four chasing aspect.
Whether or not which means the previous midfielder deserves to win Supervisor of the 12 months is a unique query altogether, particularly when you think about that Klopp might do the quadruple with Liverpool this season.
It could additionally infuriate Arsene Wenger, who would presently be on 20 Supervisor of the 12 months awards if he was handed the accolade each time he guided Arsenal into the Champions League throughout his tenure…
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