Oleksandr Zinchenko hails 'amazing' Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
The Ukrainian has known Arteta for a while having spent time with him at Manchester City. The Arsenal boss was the assistant manager there under Pep Guardiola, and Zinchenko claims he knew from the first day that the Spaniard was ready to be the main man.
Oleksandr Zinchenko hails ‘amazing’ Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Zinchenko, like Jesus, joined Arsenal in the summer, and Arteta’s relationship with both of them is one of the biggest reasons why the moves materialised.
The Ukrainian sat down for an interview with Sky Sports this week and he was asked about his manager.
Zinchenko had nothing but good things to say about Arteta and even predicted that the Gunners boss will grow to become an even better manager in the coming years.
He said: “When I arrived at Man City, he was ready to be the head coach since day one. Every single bit of his advice was so important – it was exactly what the player wants to hear, especially for the young players.
“After every single session, he used to work a lot with the young players and the exercises, talks and advice were so, so important. That’s the amazing quality he has.
“You can be a top [former] footballer, but you may not know what you should say or when you should say it. He’s got this quality.
“I’ve been surprised since I came to Arsenal. He’s obviously improved since I saw him the last time at City, he’s amazing. I hope and I have no doubt he is going to grow as a manager for sure.”
Arteta’s first job as a manager was at Arsenal after Unai Emery was shown the door.
The Gunners’ squad was in disarray, the atmosphere in and around the Emirates was almost toxic, and every one of his decisions were questioned by some fans, pundits and the media.
Winning the FA Cup at the end of his first season really helped him, but back-to-back eighth-place finishes gave rise to immense criticism, with many even calling for his head.
However, Arsenal’s decision to stick by him has proved to be the right one. The Gunners are on top of the Premier League table, and if things go to plan in the second half of the campaign, they could achieve something really, really special.
That would be an extraordinary achievement by Arteta.