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Mikel Arteta heaps praise on Roy Hodgson ahead of Arsenal clash

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has paid an emotional tribute to Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson as he prepares to bring down the curtain on an extensive managerial career. 

The Gunners boss was speaking with The Sun ahead of tonight’s game against the Eagles at Selhurst Park. It was announced yesterday that the ex-England boss will be stepping down after the final game of the campaign.

Arsenal will be hoping to win their final two games of the season to try and secure some form of European football for 2021/22. The Gunners are currently tenth in the Premier League but could jump to eighth with a win this evening.

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Speaking ahead of tonight’s game though, Arteta had some praise for the man who will be in the opposite dugout this evening. He believes that Hodgson’s career has been nothing short of remarkable.

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Arteta told The Sun: “He’s an absolute legend. What he’s done in football, for English football and the work he’s done at different clubs is remarkable.

“To keep doing it for so long with the way he’s always conducted himself is a great example for me in coaching and he’s someone I admire.”

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The Spaniard’s words are extremely considerate but ultimately there will be a big three points up for grabs this evening.

Arsenal must win both of their final two games and hope for the best when it comes to their quest to secure European football.

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It’s been a pretty drab season for the Gunners and Arsenal will hope for better fortunes during 2020/21.

If things don’t pick up considerably then Arteta could find himself in a spot of bother and he has to get to grips quickly when it comes to management.

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