Ex-Gunners midfielder Cazorla backs old teammate Arteta to enjoy successful stint at Arsenal

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‘I believe he can make a great career at Arsenal’: Ex-Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla backs old teammate Mikel Arteta to enjoy successful stint at the Emirates… and says he always showed great leadership as a player

  • The Spaniard replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal boss in December
  •  The Gunners have won two of their seven matches since Arteta took charge
  •  Cazorla has backed his former teammate Arteta to become ‘a great coach’

Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has backed former teammate Mikel Arteta to become ‘a great coach’ at the Emirates.

The Gunners have won only two of their seven matches since the Spaniard took charge in December, replacing Unai Emery.

Arsenal currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League and 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who they drew 2-2 with on Tuesday despite the dismissal of David Luiz against his former club. 

Arsenal have won two and drawn four of their seven matches under new boss Mikel Arteta

Arsenal have won two and drawn four of their seven matches under new boss Mikel Arteta

And Cazorla, who played 180 games in his six years at Arsenal before joining Villarreal in 2018, is confident Arteta will deliver in his first managerial job.

‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room,’ the Spanish midfielder told Goal.

‘Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola.

Santi Cazorla (right) has backed former teammate Arteta to become 'a great coach'

Santi Cazorla (right) has backed former teammate Arteta to become ‘a great coach’

‘I believe he can become a great coach.’

He added: ‘It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson. I can’t anticipate how long he’ll stay at Arsenal, but I believe he can also make great career at Arsenal, and he’s a proper one for Arsenal. 

‘I hope Mikel leads Arsenal well.’ 

 

 

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