Manchester City ace Phil Foden has lauded Mikel Arteta, calling the Arsenal manager an ‘unbelievable’ coach.
Arteta worked with Foden during his time as Manchester City’s assistant manager. He helped Pep Guardiola at the Etihad between July 2016 and December 2019.
In that time, City won several trophies, including two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.
Arteta took the next step in his career in winter 2019 by becoming Arsenal’s first-team coach.
His aim is to get the Gunners back into the Champions League, as well as competing for major trophies.
Under his guidance, they won the FA Cup in 2020. However, Arteta has come in for criticism due to Arsenal’s Premier League finishes.
They have yet to return to the top four, something which was pretty much guaranteed under legendary predecessor Arsene Wenger.
Things are going in the right direction, though. Last season Arsenal missed out on fourth spot by just two points. They should have made the position theirs but fell at the final hurdle.
Arteta and Arsenal are very confident about returning to Europe’s elite club competition this time around. They sit top of the table after winning all three of their league matches so far.
Mikel Arteta needs to deliver
The pressure is definitely on Arteta to deliver this season. He has a great squad and some fans may call for him to be sacked if Arsenal fail to reach their goal once again.
Amid all the talk, Foden has heaped praise on his former ally. During an interview with Amazon Prime Video (via 90Min), the Englishman said: “[He’s] unbelievable. I remember working with him closely after training on some things I needed to improve. I know how good he can be as a coach. He’s definitely a great coach.”
Foden isn’t the only person to speak about Arteta’s coaching methods recently. Former Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere has said: “Playing with [Arteta], he was a guy who was very focused, very intelligent with the way he trained.
“As a coach he is very similar. He is very intense, very hands on with the players and trying different things, new techniques to try to help them. I like it. He’s a modern coach.”
The 40-year-old is certainly emerging into a very good coach. He is becoming hardened as he gets more experience, which will help him to get the best out of his players.
Arteta is also showing he is tactically sound, too. He is learning how to alter games in Arsenal’s favour through formation changes or substitutions.
As mentioned earlier, Arteta just needs to produce when it comes to the top four spot. This will see Arsenal go back into the big time, something their fans have been craving.