Modified 26 Feb 2020, 12:32 IST
An obsession with techniques, group spirit and an Arsenal Christmas dinner helped convince Robin van Persie that Mikel Arteta would change into a head coach.
Arteta was appointed Arsenal boss in December after the Gunners had endured a wretched last few weeks below Unai Emery and interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, in which they received only one of 13 matches in all competitions.
The Spaniard has already had an impression on Arsenal’s fortunes. They haven’t misplaced a match since a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 29 and claimed three consecutive victories final week over Newcastle United, Olympiacos and Everton.
Van Persie performed with Arteta in 2011-12 earlier than the former striker left for Manchester United, however that single season was sufficient to convince the former Netherlands star that his team-mate was a supervisor in the making.
Van Persie, talking courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, advised Stats Perform: “Yes, I did [see Arteta becoming a manager].
“I performed with him, if I’m appropriate, for one 12 months. I was the captain for that 12 months; he was our vice-captain. He was consistently speaking about techniques, how we should always play. He was actually good in that approach.
“He was a excellent participant, however he was consistently busy with the group, busy with the ambiance, the complete group spirit factor was vital to him. He invited all of us to his home for a Christmas dinner! He was already then appearing like a coach.”
— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) February 23, 2020
Arteta spent three seasons as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City after retiring from enjoying in 2016, and Van Persie doesn’t consider he may have had higher preparation for the Arsenal job.
“What I like about Mikel is that now, being a coach at Arsenal, a massive plus is that he labored with Pep for a few years,” he stated. “There isn’t any higher faculty.
“He has been studying from Pep in the final three years as a coach, he performed for Everton, he performed for Arsenal, he had a good profession, after which had three years with Pep. That provides him a bonus as a coach.
“With him, you have got the feeling that, if you happen to have a look at Arsenal now, it is going someplace. He wants time, clearly, to convey his philosophy to the membership. He comes throughout very nicely in interviews, earlier than and after the recreation, and I believe the Arsenal followers and everybody listening to him has the feeling that he is going locations.”
Arsenal host Olympiacos in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, holding a 1-Zero lead from the first leg in Greece.
Published 26 Feb 2020, 12:32 IST
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