Former Everton midfielder, Tim Cahill, has spoken very highly of Mikel Arteta with comments that will delight Arsenal fans.
Arteta took over at Arsenal following the departure of Unai Emery. It is the Spaniard’s first job in full-time management having honed his craft working under Pep Guardiola.
Gunners fans have already begun to witness a turnaround in fortunes under Arteta, too. After some dismal displays under Emery, the fight seems to be back with the squad at least.
And Cahill, who played with Arteta at Everton, is in no doubt as to if the Gunners boss will have a successful managerial career.
“Mikel was always a coach, even as a player. He would take in information, he listened, and he would always look for other options. At the same time, he would talk to the players constantly,” Cahill told Sky Sports.
“He’s a good leader and he’s someone I struck a good friendship with because we had a natural understanding on the pitch. We talked in and outside of training, analysing the teams we’d be coming up against and we analysed ourselves.”
Cahill and Arteta played together in what was a successful time at Goodison Park. The pair racked up over 400 appearances between them on Merseyside.
Benefitting from Guardiola
Having moved to Man City in a coaching capacity, Arteta developed a close working-relationship with Pep Guardiola.
And this is something that Cahill believes will stand the Arsenal boss in good stead going forward.
“I think him being at Manchester City was fantastic, but this had to happen. He had to fly the nest, and Arsenal is an amazing club,” Cahill added.
Arteta on course to be a top manager – TBR View
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Mikel Arteta seems very well-suited to being a Premier League manager.
He has a calmness about him but also comes across as someone who isn’t afraid to make big decisions. This will be something he has learnt from Guardiola, who has never shied away from making a big call.
Arteta has started well with Arsenal. Give it time, and with a few new additions, and the Gunners might well be back in the title fight quicker than expected.