‘Some coaches could have 200 years and it wouldn’t happen … Mikel Arteta has the potential to become great’: Robin van Persie believes Arsenal boss is a rare breed and could reach his peak as a coach
- Mikel Arteta has had a positive start as Arsenal manager, winning the FA Cup
- The boss and Robin van Persie were teammates together in the 2011-12 season
- The Dutchman believes that Arteta has the potential to become a ‘great’ as a manager
Mikel Arteta was a good player, but according to former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie has the potential to become ‘a great manager’.
The pair played teammates in the 2011-12 season before the Dutchman left for Manchester United, while Arteta stayed with the Gunners for four more years, becoming club captain and helping them win two FA Cup trophies.
The Spanish technician retired in 2016 to become Pep Guardiola’s number 2 at Manchester City, before returning to Arsenal as boss in December, earning the Gunners’ 14th FA Cup title in a positive first campaign as manager.
Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal an FA Cup trophy in his first season as manager
Former teammate Robin van Persie says the Spaniard has the potential to become ‘great’ as a manager
Van Persie said the 38-year-old was impressive enough as a player, but even showed his potential as the man in the hot seat in the first few sessions as a manager.
“He was a good player,” Van Persie said of Arteta to Stats Perform News, “he was always fit, he played alliance, he got his goals. He was good.
‘As a coach I think he has the potential to become great. I said that even after watching the first few training sessions, or bits of it. The way he comes across in the media, the way he lets his team play. It’s very promising, very positive. ‘
“He needs time,” said Van Persie. Sometimes you look at teams or you look at a coach and you think ‘okay, this coach could get 200 years and it wouldn’t happen’.
The pair were Arsenal’s teammates in the 2011-12 season before van Persie left for Man United
Arteta inherited a team in disarray when he took over after previous manager Unai Emery appeared to have lost the locker room, but the team has shown visible improvements in performance under the new leadership.
Despite this, the Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League – their lowest in the league since 1995.
And after saving the season and delivering an unlikely trophy with a squad he inherited, Van Persie feels fans should be patient, as Arteta wants to shape the squad the way he wants it, but can rest assured that they will know they are heading in the right direction. .
Van Persie said he could see that Arteta was a rare breed even in his first few training sessions
‘When I look at Mikel, I see change, I see the positive changes and small things happening,’ Van Persie added.
‘How they work together, how they defend together. They are a shorter distance together. Forward but also defensive. They’ve gotten better at defending set pieces, which has always been a problem. ‘