Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has revealed the respect and admiration he has for David Moyes ahead of the Gunners’ clash with West Ham.
Arteta is going head to head with his former boss for the first time as a manager. The duo spent a successful spell together at Everton, with Arteta a key cog in Moyes’ midfield.
After leaving Goodison Park, Moyes struggled with life at Manchester United before spells with Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and now a second spell with the Hammers have led him to this moment.
And Arteta, speaking ahead of the game, revealed he is full of admiration for his former boss and revealed some of the key things he learnt from Moyes.
“The thing I admire most is the person who he is and his values. How he treats people and how he creates a culture around the club”, Arteta said. (The Sun)
“Also, he works really hard and is really demanding. I really enjoyed my time playing under him. He’s a Scottish character and impulsive. The Manchester United situation was hard on him”.
Arteta has managed to turn things around a bit for Arsenal since Unai Emery left. While inconsistencies remain, there are signs the Gunners are picking up. This, despite their shock Europa League exit last week.
Having worked under Pep Guardiola too, it is clear Arteta has absorbed information. It is a knowing nod, then, to David Moyes that the Spaniard speaks so highly of him.
Respect from a brilliant partnership – TBR View
Most Everton fans would tell you that the time under Moyes with Arteta pulling the strings was one of the finest times to be a Toffee in recent memory.
Carlo Ancelotti has brought a bit of that back to the club at the moment but Moyes’ success was unparalleled.
It’s great to see Mikel Arteta speaking so highly of Moyes. It’s easy to forget what a good manager he was and still is.
West Ham should be fine with Moyes at the helm. If they do go down, it certainly won’t be for lack of effort from the Scot.