Rio Ferdinand Praises Mikel Arteta After Champions League win

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has Praised Mikel Arteta After the Round of 16 win Against Porto.

The Gunners secured a dramatic Champions League quarter-final berth following a penalty shootout victory on home soil. Goalkeeper David Raya stole the show with a string of crucial saves, including a stunning stop in the first half and two phenomenal penalties denied in the shootout.

However, the celebrations were nearly marred by post-match drama. Porto manager Sergio Conceicao attempted to rile Arteta up by initiating a heated argument. But the Spaniard remained unfazed. He displayed excellent composure, refusing to be provoked by Conceicao’s antics.

Arteta simply turned away and walked off the pitch, demonstrating his maturity and focus on the bigger picture – Arsenal’s historic progression to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years.

This incident highlighted the contrasting approaches of the two managers. While Conceicao displayed poor sportsmanship and a lack of control. Arteta remained calm and professional. His composure under pressure is a valuable asset for Arsenal, especially in high-stakes Champions League matches.

Rio Ferdinand: “Mikel Arteta kept his cool. He didn’t engage in the full-time incident”

Ferdinand was impressed by the same and told TNT Sports (via BBC Sport): “This is football at the highest level, the stakes are high and yes the managers will disagree.”

Mikel Arteta kept his cool. He didn’t engage in the full-time incident, knew he had won the game, kept his cool and walked away.

Arsenal suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss in the first leg of the round of 16 on the road. At the Emirates, Porto defended with confidence. Nonetheless, the Gunners broke the deadlock just before the break.

Martin Odegaard delivered a brilliant through ball that led to Leandro Trossard’s goal. Later, in the second half, Odegaard scored for the north London team. However, the referee disallowed the goal, ruling that Kai Havertz had fouled Pepe.

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