The unsung role that Mikel Arteta played before Arsenal’s 3rd goal against Watford

Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off of Watford vs Arsenal was an enthralling exhibition for the fans. It featured a fantastic bicycle kick from Cucho Hernandez that is surely going to be a goal of the season contender as well as a couple of really well-worked team goals by Arsenal, almost throwing it back to the days of Arsene Wenger’s flowing football. The goals ensured that Arsenal went on to win 3-2 at Vicarage Road which also sent them into the top 4 spots.

Mikel Arteta has been much lauded by fans for instilling the club’s playing style of yore amongst the youngsters at Arsenal such as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli and helping the club set themselves up for the future with a strong foundation.

However, for Sunday’s game, the Spaniard also received a lot of praise for doing much more than coaching as the Arsenal manager was spotted fetching the ball to ensure a quick throw-in which ultimately led to the decisive Martinelli goal.

Mikel Arteta helping Arsenal take a quick throw-in

Following the 3-2 win, Arteta was asked about his role in the build-up of the winner and the manager’s answer had Gunners fans loving him even more as Arteta said, “We all have to be alive, that’s the way I live the game.”

Even the players noticed what their manager did from the sidelines as Saka and Lacazette praised Arteta for aiding the throw-in.

The manager’s all-around effort would be needed much more if Arsenal are going to break their recent bad spell of missing out on Champion’s League qualification and want to make a return back to the top of Europe.