Willian has told FourFourTwo that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be considered as one of the best managers in the world in a few years.
The Brazilian joined us from Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer. Willian has played under some of the best managers in world football in his career so far.
He has learnt from the likes of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri over the years. The veteran knows a good manager when he sees one, and he believes that his current boss has the potential to be up there with the very best.
Willian said: “He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it. The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years, he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world. Obviously, you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later.”
“I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed. It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.”
Arteta has done well so far
Arteta has made a brilliant name for himself in very little time. He improved Arsenal’s defence almost immediately, and picked up the FA Cup and the Community Shield before the start of his first full season as a manager.
The Spaniard will definitely improve. His potential is humongous, and almost every Arsenal player has had incredible things to say about his style of management in such a short space of time.
This season will say a lot about Arteta as a manager. He has raised the expectations to a very high level with two trophies. Arsenal fans will be hoping for a top-four finish and potentially the Europa League title as well.
Getting into the Champions League is the target for this season. Failure to do so will put an enormous amount of pressure on Arteta’s shoulders – something he hasn’t yet faced in his managerial career.