Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has compared Mikel Arteta to France manager Didier Deschamps.
Vieira will return to Arsenal on Monday and he will surely receive a fantastic reception from Gooners. The legendary Frenchman is one of our greatest ever players, but he’ll want to beat us when he comes to town.
The Palace boss faced the media today ahead of the game at the Emirates and he was quizzed about Arteta. He claimed that the Spaniard reminds him of 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning boss, Deschamps.
Patrick Vieira: Mikel Arteta reminds me of Deschamps
The Frenchman said in his press conference, as per The Daily Mail: “I don’t know him really well as a man. As a player I think he was a really good player and had a wonderful career.
“The way that he manages himself to be a manager he was in the Manchester City group and he learned the job before getting the chance at Arsenal and he did everything in the right way. He is somebody who understands he was playing going into a managerial area was something he wanted to.
“The way he was playing on the field, talking a lot with his players, he reminds me of Didier Deschamps of the French national team. When he was playing you know Didier was going to be a manager. Arteta is in the same mindset.”
The Insider’s View:
From the outside, Arteta and Deschamps have nothing in common, but Vieira’s comments give us food for thought.
Arteta was very vocal as a player as soon as he joined Arsenal from Everton. He instantly became a leader in the squad and Arsene Wenger rightly rewarded him with the captain’s armband.
The Spaniard is now at the helm at Arsenal and he has done a decent job. He has won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, and he is trying to build something really special with a bunch of young players.
Being compared to a manager who has won the World Cup is never a bad thing. Arteta will surely appreciate that, but when Mike Dean blows his whistle on Monday, the Arsenal boss will want his lads to smash Vieira’s men and pick up the three points.