Mikel Arteta has been nominated for the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award.
The Spaniard has overseen an incredible upturn in Arsenal’s fortunes this year with the Gunners challenging Manchester City for the title and securing a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2015/16.
Along the way, he’s won the Manager of the Month award on four occasions and been voted Manager of the Year at the London Football Awards.
While performances in the last couple of months have been frustrating and disappointing in equal measure – not least because a first league championship in 19 years looks to have slipped through our fingers – Arteta’s hard work has extended well beyond the pitch.
Given the time and support needed to implement his ideas, he’s proved a galvanising presence, helping to heal the relationship between the fans and the club’s owners while pushing for more to be done to improve the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium.
Arteta is nominated alongside Pep Guardiola, Eddie Howe, Roberto De Zerbi, Unai Emery and Marco Silva.
My top 3 would be;
1; Mikel Arteta.
2; Gary O’Neil simply for keeping the smallest club in the league Bournemouth up.
3; Antonio Conte for 6 months of entertainment and comedy.
1. Mikel Arteta
2. Roberto De Zerbi
3. Unai Emery… those are my top 3 – in that order.
Pep will get it, but it should be Mikel or Unai
Pep needs to win a trophy with a team like Tottenham to deserve any additional recognitions. He won with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, prime Alves in Barcelona. Now, he has De Bruyne, Haaland, Mahrez.
Pep, VAR(bastards that forgot to draw lines, Ivan Tony(gets a ban just before they play City) the FA( for ignoring all the 100+ breaches City were accused of) should get a medal. I say if we can’t beat the join them. Let’s breach every mother fking FA rule and if they say anything we say oh first check man city.
Should be Arteta but Emery is a close second, what he’s done with Villa this season is remarkable.
Curious to see when Sam Allardyce says it should be him.
Sam will say it would have been him if he were Italian.
Richard Keys throws his furry hands in the air and belches thusly: “What about Big Sam? Surely his return to top flite football must be seen as….”
Exactly, Sam has only lost one game all season, that’s less than Mikel and Pep.
The title should be Arteta’s, but it goes to Guardiola if City wins the Treble.
Well it’s the Premier League manager of the year; so what happens in Europe or domestic cups shouldn’t be taken into account.
Should go to Mikel, but it won’t.
I am actually beginning to genuinely hate Guardiola.
Just the very sight of the cunt’s face at the moment is too much.
Pep will probably get it if City wins the treble/double.
Mikel unfortunately very unlikely to get it because of recency bias and our disappointing finish, but deserves it 100%. De Zerbi, Howe and Emery have also done great jobs but I don’t think you can compare what they’ve achieved to what we have with a squad that no one expected to finish in the top 4.
Of course Pep will win it because it’s so hard to win the league when you have unlimited resources and possibly the best striker in the history of the continent.
I’ve a feeling Howe will win it because there seems to be an idea that they “haven’t spent that much money” because most of the media is financially illiterate.
Emery is doing a fine job but Villa are a big club that should be finishing in the top half anyway. They haven’t overachieved this season compared to Brighton, Brentford, Fulham, or Bournemouth.
Where’s the Arteta out mob?
Man City most likely getting triple and Pep will win it. Unless they lost the financial fair play lawsuit which is unlikely. Sad to say money and power rules the world.
Depending on where they finish De Zerbi should get it. I think Mikel pulling the club together during the covid period was more amazing than his pure footballing achievements.
By uniting the club at both a time of upheaval upstairs at the club and a general pandemic. He actually set the foundation for where we are now.
For example how he got the team to unite and believe in themselves and also get Ozil to commit or leave. Aall for the good of the team plus he had an Amazon documentary at the worst time to deal with