Arsenal legend Tony Adams has revealed what Steve Bould thinks of Mikel Arteta – with the under-23 coach saying the manager has “got it all”. Arteta guided his Gunners side to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in Sunday’s Premier League clash – ending a hoodoo away to their Big Six rivals that stretched back to January 2015.
It was also Arsenal’s first league win at Old Trafford for 14 years, with optimism growing that the Gunners can break back into the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The victory, secured by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty, moved Arsenal up to ninth place, just four points off the summit in a congested top half of the table.
Things appear to be on the up at the Emirates under Arteta’s tutelage, with the manager having steadied the defence and secured flagship midfield signing Thomas Partey on the final day of the transfer window.
The former Arsenal skipper led the club to their 14th FA Cup triumph last term in his first season as a manager, after taking over from Arsene Wenger’s successor Unai Emery last December.
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The Gunners followed that up with their Charity Shield win over Premier League champions Liverpool, and the hope is that Arteta can lead them to more silverware in the future.
Ex-Arsenal centre-back Bould certainly seems to think the manager is capable, according to his former defensive partner Adams.
And the Gunners legend says Arteta’s handling of outcast Mesut Ozil also speaks volumes about his ability to lead the club.
“He [Arteta] has got fantastic ability to work with this team,” Adams told Stadium Astro, cited by Metro.
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“He puts hours into the training pitch.
“He’s his own man – if [Mesut] Ozil’s not in his thinking, he’s out, it’s as simple as that.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the guy. The words coming out [of the club], when I talk to my mate Steve Bould who’s still in the club taking the Under-23s at the moment – he said to me, ‘This guy has got it all, he’s the governor’.
“He’s the best he’s seen in a long time. He really does understand the game, he expresses himself; he’s very confident.”
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Adams added that Arsenal’s progress was even more impressive considering Arteta is now in his first full season as a manager, having previously worked as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at Manchester City.
“It’s his first job, for God’s sake, he’s doing a remarkable, remarkable job,” said the two-time title winner.
Arteta’s side next host Norwegian side Molde on Thursday as they bid to follow up opening Europa League wins over Rapid Vienna and Dundalk.
The Gunners then entertain Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.
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