Arsenal new boy Willian believes Mikel Arteta will soon be recognised as one of the best managers in world football, tipping him to win major trophies “sooner rather than later”.
Arteta has spent almost a year in the Gunners hot-seat after replacing sacked boss Unai Emery in December 2019, returning to the club three years after waving goodbye as a player.
While he could only inspire Arsenal to an eighth-place Premier League finish, the Spaniard masterminded an FA Cup triumph in his first half-season as manager, claiming impressive wins over Manchester City and Chelsea to win the competition.
The north London club have endured a disappointing start to the 2020/21 campaign, however, suffering four defeats in their first eight league outings of the new season.
Arteta’s nadir as Arsenal boss came prior to the international break, with Aston Villa outplaying his team in a surprise 3-0 victory at the Emirates.
Nevertheless, Willian is still backing the 38-year-old to become one of the world’s best managers, waxing lyrical about his quick tactical thinking.
“He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it,” the Brazilian, who joined Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer after calling time on his seven-year stay at Chelsea, told FourFourTwo.
“The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.
“Obviously you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later.
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“I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed.
“It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.”
Arsenal go away to Leeds in their next Premier League outing, before making the trip to Norway for a Europa League showdown with Molde.
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