Aymeric Laporte backs Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to ‘achieve great things’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Arteta has had a promising start to his career as Arsenal coach (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte is confident his former coach Mikel Arteta will achieve great success as Arsenal manager.

The Spaniard spent three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before making the switch to London to manage his former club.

Arteta has enjoyed a solid start as Gunners boss, remaining the only side in the Premier League yet to lose a game in 2020.

Laporte told Sky Sports: ‘Mikel is a great coach and, for me, he has been one of the best people I have met in Manchester.

‘He tries to help players all the time, he had a really good relationship with everyone and with me especially.

‘I think he’s a great manager and he will make great things in his coaching career.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on after during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 08, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Arteta was Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)

City boss Guardiola admits Arteta has already shown promising signs as a manager, he said: ‘His positional game is getting better day by day. Doing that in a short time is not easy.

‘And I’m pretty sure Arsenal will have success in the future with him on the bench.’

Man City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal due to take place on Wednesday has been postponed, due to fears over coronavirus.

Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he had contracted the virus, just 13 days after the Greek side’s trip to the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal players and staff involved will follow government guidelines on self-isolation, but Saturday’s clash against Brighton is still expected to go ahead.

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