‘Best player in the league, probably’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hails Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed Bruno Fernandes' impact at Manchester United
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United (Picture: YouTube)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed ‘tremendous’ Bruno Fernandes and says the Manchester United star has been the ‘best player’ in the Premier League for ‘many periods’ since he arrived in England.

Portugal international Fernandes joined the Red Devils last January from Sporting Lisbon and hit the ground running immediately at Old Trafford, scoring 12 goals in the second-half of the season.

The 26-year-old has continued to impress during the current campaign, netting 16 goals and providing nine assists in all competitions to quickly establish himself as one of the best players in Europe.

Arteta says Fernandes has made a ‘tremendous’ impact at the Theatre of Dreams but has warned Arsenal fans not to expect the same level of performances straightaway from January signing Martin Odegaard.

Norwegian midfielder Odegaard joined the Gunners earlier in the week on loan from Real Madrid.

‘You look at the stats and what he [Fernandes] provides to the team it is unquestionable that he has improved them dramatically and for many periods he has been the best player in the league probably,’ Arteta said.

‘The impact he’s had has been tremendous. They paid a big price to do that – Martin’s situation is completely different.

Fernandes has established himself as one of the best players in Europe
Fernandes has established himself as one of the best players in Europe (Picture: Getty)

‘We are getting a player who hasn’t played in the last few months almost any football but that we believe he has all the qualities and talent to be a success for our team.’

Arteta’s Arsenal welcome Manchester United and Fernandes to the Emirates on Saturday evening.

The Gunners may still be without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Premier League clash, with the Gabon star’s mother suffering with health problems.

‘I don’t know, I spoke with him yesterday things are looking better at the moment but we have to wait and see,’ said Arteta.

‘He’s our captain and one of the most important players we are doing everything we can to have him back as quickly as possible but understanding that he’s been through a difficult few days that he had to support his family.

‘We were here to support him with the time he needed to get that sorted.’

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