Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has commented on Mikel Arteta’s time at Arsenal so far.
It has been one month since the former Gunners captain took the reins as manager at the Emirates Stadium, and it’s been a mixed bag results-wise so far.
Six games have yielded two wins, three draws and one defeat, but Arteta has proven popular with fans.
There appears to be an improvement in terms of performance, and fans like his measured pre and post-match observations.
There is certainly promise with Arteta at the helm, and one man who obviously knows all about his qualities as a coach is Guardiola.
Speaking about his former right-hand man, he said (Evening Standard): “It was an incredible relationship. We are in touch quite often by phone.
“He’s so excited, so happy, struggling because it is always not easy to take a team in the beginning.
“But he is doing incredibly well, off and on the pitch. He decided to move. For people I love, I always want the best and he decided that. I wish him all the best. He knows that.”
Up next for Arteta’s Arsenal is Chelsea who, of course, are also managed by a former player in Frank Lampard.
TBR’s view – A promising start
Arteta has undoubtedly improved Arsenal since he walked back through the door, but he is going to need a few transfer windows to make genuine progress.
Simply, there is a fair bit of deadwood that needs removing, and quality needs to be added in the areas that need it the most.
The existing players have reacted well to Arteta’s arrival, so new, higher quality players could really turn Arsenal into a force next season.