Arsenal winger Willian says that he has “no doubt” that manager Mikel Arteta’s will be one of the world’s best football coaches in the near future.
Arteta began his coaching career in 2016, learning his trade under Pep Guardiola‘s wing at Manchester City.
Indeed, working with an already world-renowned coach saw Arteta’s stock rise significantly, so much so that he became the Gunners’ head coach in December last year.
The Spaniard has already turned Arsenal’s fortunes around from where they were under his predecessor, Unai Emery. What’s more, he has silverware to match his progress, winning the Community Shield and FA Cup in 2020.
As such, Willian believes that it is only a matter of time before further, more prized trophies, come Arteta’s way.
“He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it,’ Willian told FourFourTwo.
“The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.
“Obviously you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later.”
Willian was one of the players Arteta signed during the recent transfer window. The Brazilian joined after leaving Chelsea as a free agent.
And the experienced winger admits he is learning all the time from his new manager.
“I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed,” Willian said.
“It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.”
Arteta admits Arsenal a ‘long way’ off
But despite the long-term optimism from Willian, Arteta has insisted that his team remains a “long way” off their potential.
Indeed, the Gunners have lost three of their past four Premier League games, scoring only once in those fixtures.
But Arteta has said that he is looking to put a “difficult” few months – especially behind the scenes – behind him.
Arsenal have had off-field issues, including a club restructuring, to contend with.