‘Barcelona heading to Arsenal’ as Gunners sent exciting message after completing Arteta deal
Tony Cascarino has hailed Mikel Arteta as a world-class coach and believes the newly-appointed Arsenal manager can bring the Barcelona back to the Emirates.
After months and months and months of speculation in the media, the Gunners finally decided to ditch the idea that Unai Emery is the man to lead the club into a new era and finally decided to let the Spaniard leave just a few weeks ago.
And that has led to the appointment of Arteta, the club legend that has been working next to the best boss in the game right now, Pep Guardiola, who is not happy about losing his right-hand man to the Gunners this week.
Arteta watched on from the stands as Everton and Arsenal fought out a dreary 0-0 stalemate at Goodison Park, and the Spaniard was powerless to inspire any creativity from his new players in a match where you could count the number of clean cut openings on one hand.
And Cascarino believes the management and playing style Arteta will try to breed at Arsenal will reflect his football upbringing.
Speaking on Saturday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea striker said: “I’m very pro-Arteta. I’m a big fan.”
“He will know the type of player he wants that will improve Arsenal, they’ve got to be good technically, with great energy, despite and a great approach mentally to football.
“That was the big stand-out feature at Barcelona. We talk about Barcelona over the last two decades, the mentality of their great sides was being proud of the club, all on the same hymn sheet, all working in the same direction for everyone to pull together.”
“In all my time as a player, I can’t remember Arsenal having a very average team,” he added.
“You could argue Bruce Rioch’s team didn’t do that well, but that wasn’t an average team, they had a lot of good players.
“But this is a very average team, and I think Arteta will get a lot more from them.
“His reputation in the game is second to none as a coach and these arsenal players need a coach.
“It’s evident Matteo Guendouzi is a good player, Lucas Torreira is a good player, Nicolas Pepe is a good player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles had huge potential, but they all need coaching.
“The same way Leroy Sane needed coaching, Raheem Sterling needed coaching and Gabriel Jesus, and Arteta was part of that at Manchester City.
“I think they’ve made a big decision to give him his first job, but there are no guarantees with any manager and the way he talks is exactly what Arsenal need.
“He needs to get rid of this soft image and set them up right – that’s not what we’ve seen over the last few years.
“Arteta has got a lot of challenges, whether it’s David Luiz, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shkodran Mustafi, he’s got a number of issues around the park.
“But he’s also got some very talented young players. Gabriel Martinelli is a talent, Joe Willock, will he become a talent? Arsenal have got five or six youngsters who need to be coached, and Arteta can do that.”
It was a great decision from Arsenal to get rid of Emery as he is not the man to lead the club, but the Gunners are taking a massive risk in appointing Arteta, as he will need time and patience to lead the club back into winning ways.
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