Dani Ceballos has waxed lyrical about Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, telling Sky Sports he thinks he’ll soon be “among the best in the world”.
Arteta was confirmed as the Gunners’ new permanent head coach just before Christmas last year, the Spaniard replacing compatriot Unai Emery after the latter was axed by the Emirates Stadium side.
At the time, Arsenal were stuck in a rut, languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table with a meagre five wins all season amid some poor results, including a draw with relegation strugglers Norwich City.
However, the Gunners ended the season on a high, winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Europa League, but also looking more reinvigorated, more dangerous and more solid at the back with each passing game.
“I love his way of seeing the game and the things he likes about football,” said Ceballos. “The mister is very intelligent for such a young coach. It’s like he has spent a whole lifetime in football before this one.
“He knows a lot about various aspects of the game and he works well tactically. It’s also clear that he has spent a lot of time with Pep Guardiola because he has a lot of the same characteristics as him.
“I think he’s a manager who is going to be among the best in the world in the future.”
Arsenal could hardly have picked a better head coach than Arteta – a club icon who learned the ropes under the great Pep Guardiola and now gets the chance to mould in his image a team that has underachieved in recent years.
So far so good, from the achievements of last season and the Community Shield victory to raise the curtain on 2020-21, to a much more solid outfit on the pitch and some very promising players being linked with the club.
And if the latest reports are to be believed, Ceballos could soon rejoin the Gunners and add another piece to a very promising-looking jigsaw ahead of the new Premier League season.