Arsenal and Chelsea will contest Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley – led out by two of the new generation of managers.
Impressive game management and intelligence has already characterised both men.
Both have shown the tactical flexibility and swift learning to even outmanoeuvre their mentors and two managerial masters this season.
Arteta learned from a heavy 3-0 loss at Manchester City to turn the tables on Pep Guardiola, the manager he left behind to take over at Arsenal in December, to reach Saturday’s showpiece with an outstanding 2-0 win at Wembley.
They were wins based on qualities Arsenal’s critics have always accused them of lacking – grit, character and a fearless they-shall-not pass defensive resilience. They were fully committed for their manager.
Liverpool are regarded as the benchmark for work-rate and immense physical commitment and yet Arteta’s side out-ran them 112.1km to 108.1km.