Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal boss

Arsenal FC manager Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes boss Mikel Arteta has brought much-needed ‘energy’ back to the club and has already won the backing of his squad.

The Gunners sacked former manager Unai Emery in December after a poor run of form left them in mid-table with some players seeming to down tools.

Arteta’s arrival has reinvigorated the side and given outcasts like Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka a new lease of life.

Before the season was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis, Arsenal were the only Premier League team to remain unbeaten in 2020, and Vieira is confident Arteta is the man to take the club forward.

When asked if he still tracks his former side’s progress in an interview with Ian Wright for Adidas Home Team, he said: ‘Yes, of course. I’ve been [watching]. What is said is, when you’re a Gunner, always a Gunner.

‘So I keep watching them all the time, I watch their games and what is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back.

‘And it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well, and I think that is really important.’

Nice manager Patrick Vieira
Vieira now managers Ligue 1 side Nice (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta is seemingly well respected in the camp, and according to Gunners left-back Kieran Tierney, the Spaniard has got the team all singing from the same hymn sheet.

‘He knows what’s going to happen in a game and how it’s going to happen and what you should do, where you’re going to get pressed from and where your options should be,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘You should know where the left-mid is going to be and the centre-mid so you can just play in sync, everybody is using one brain and I think that’s perfect.’

The ex-Manchester City coach received a word of warning from his former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is hoping Arteta can restore some of the values he upheld during his 22-year spell as Arsenal manager.

‘I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games,’ Wenger told talkSPORT last week.

‘I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected, and I hope Mikel can get that back.’

MORE: Arsenal handed major boost in race for £13m Reims defender Axel Disasi

MORE: Arsene Wenger names Nwankwo Kanu as his best January signing for Arsenal

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

No comments