Mikel Arteta’s lack of experience was a huge concern to a few fans when Arsenal appointed him. The Spaniard had no experience as a manager whatsoever, but what he did have was a glowing recommendation from Pep Guardiola.
The Manchester City boss is one of the greatest managers in the modern game. He has won it all in his career already, and the fact that he rates Arteta so highly convinced many of us that our former skipper was the right man for the job.
Supporters expected Arsenal to play beautiful free-flowing football like City. Arteta’s philosophy was expected to be the same as his mentor’s, but so far, it has been fairly different.
That doesn’t mean Arteta does not want to follow what Guardiola has accomplished over the years. We are in a transition phase, and even though our style of play isn’t the same as City’s, some of the things the Arsenal boss has implemented has been very similar.
Even his antics on the touchline at times are similar to that of Guardiola. It is hard to deny that Arteta has picked up a few of his former boss’ traits, and video from last night reminded everyone of that.
Arsenal fans think Arteta copied Pep last night
Arteta was caught talking tactics to Rob Holding on the pitch after the game. Guardiola has done that multiple times over the last few years, and Arsenal fans think that our boss is copying his Manchester City counterpart.
Arteta’s man management has truly worked wonders. Granit Xhaka looked certain to leave at one point, but the Arsenal boss changed that completely and the midfielder is one of our most important players now.
Holding is another one who was close to leaving. Arteta put a stop that as well at the start of this season and Englishman has been incredible for us this term.
The Arsenal boss has clearly learnt a thing or two from his compatriot. Gunners fans loved his interaction with Holding after the game last night and people couldn’t help but compare him to Guardiola.