Mikel Arteta: Pochettino ‘is doing a great job’ at Chelsea so ‘hopefully things will turn around’

Speaking at Emirates Stadium after his Arsenal side recorded a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Chelsea, Mikel Arteta was keen to praise the work his managerial counterpart has been doing across the capital city.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues were narrowly defeated by Manchester City in the semifinals of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, and were without the talismanic Cole Palmer in N5 on Tuesday due to illness.

Pochettino expressed in his post-match press conference that Palmer is ‘the only player we have to link all the lines,’ but Arteta piled on the support for the Argentine manager – who has been ‘doing a great job.’

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‘I’ve been on the other side as well [in terms of results]. He’s doing a great job, I think when you look at this team and analyse every second of them, they deserve to win many matches, they deserve to win against big teams. He’s doing a really good job so hopefully things will turn around and be as he deserves,’ Arteta commented.

Reflecting on his own team’s performance, Arteta expressed that ‘collectively and individually, we were really good against a really good team that was in great form and that was going to ask us a lot of great questions. I think we responded really well [following exit from UEFA Champions League].’

‘From the first half we were really flowing and playing with a lot of courage and making things happen. Really happy today with the result, it’s a great day for our supporters as well. So really happy with that.’