David Moyes rates Mikel Arteta’s job at Arsenal ahead of West Ham clash

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Arteta won the FA Cup in his first season as a manager (Picture: Getty Images)

David Moyes has praised the job Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal ahead of West Ham’s clash against the Gunners on Sunday.

The Spaniard arrived at the north London club back in December 2019 as Unai Emery’s replacement and went on to win the FA Cup in his first season as a manager.

However, Arteta’s side finished eighth in the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign and this season, they are currently down in 10th in the standings after 28 games.

Moyes has been impressed by Arteta's work so far
Moyes has been impressed by Arteta’s work so far (Picture: Getty Images)

Despite their inconsistent league form, Hammers boss Moyes, who coached Arteta as a player while at Everton, believes the 38-year-old is forming a ‘really good’ side and beginning to take the club in the right direction.

Arsenal are an improving side and they’ve shown it in their performances recently, Mikel is building a really good team there and an improving team and it’ll be a tough game.

‘I’m sure they will have taken confidence from winning the local derby [against Tottenham last weekend].’

‘I think for any young manager to go into a club with the stature of Arsenal is a big job,’ he added.

There’s been so much success spoken about Arsenal over many years and what they’ve done, it’s going to be a hard job for anybody.

‘But the one thing Mikel’s got, he’s had a great playing experience, he understands the club from that point of view, he worked under a great manager in Arsene Wenger there.

‘He’s also had the chance to go and do a couple of years watching Pep at Manchester City so he’s got a great opportunity to learn from that but then he has to go on and be his own person as well. 

‘I think Arsenal were going to take a little bit of time to develop, I don’t think it was going to be something which he could do overnight and change. 

‘But I think they’re starting to look as if they’re going in the right direction.

‘I know he won the FA Cup and the community shield so you’d have to say what a great start for any young manager… and I’ve got no doubt he’ll go on and on.’

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