‘Mikel Arteta has already got more out of these Arsenal players than Unai Emery’
Feb. 17, 2020
Arsenal players are working harder and playing better for Mikel Arteta than they ever did during Unai Emery’s year-and-a-half reign as Gunners manager.
That’s according to Clinton Morrison, the former Premier League forward and boyhood Tottenham supporter who has conceded the ‘future looks bright’ for his rivals with Arteta at the helm.
Arsenal secured only their second league victory since the Spaniard’s appointment as head coach on Sunday, as they thumped Newcastle 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium .
It ended a run of four draws in a row for the north Londoners, while Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to end his two-month barren run with a goal in stoppage-time, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil also found the net in a ruthless second half display.
It might appear stereotypical for Gooners to get excited by the result, but even Spurs fan Morrison admitted he was impressed by their performance and their overall improvement since Arteta’s arrival.
The Arsenal squad recently came under fire from their former boss Emery, who blasted the attitudes of a number of players in an interview last week, and claimed the club were on a downward slope until he came in as manager.
Gunners legend Ian Wright issued a stinging response to those claims , branding the sacked coach ‘deluded’ and saying there is now a palpable feel-good factor around the club thanks to Arteta.
Morrison is also a massive fan of the former midfielder and told talkSPORT ‘the good times are starting to come back’ thanks to his coaching.
Speaking on Monday’s White and Sawyer , he said: “It wasn’t a great performance in the first-half, but whatever Arteta said at half-time, and this is why I think he’s a really good manager and will do well for Arsenal over the next few years, because there was a big response in the second half.
“They were devastating, it was a really good performance.
“I know people will say it was only against Newcastle, but they have been playing really well under Steve Bruce, defensive they’ve been really solid, so to score four goals I think Arsenal were brilliant.
“If players don’t like a manager, I’m not saying you’re not going to try for him, but are you going to run that extra yard?
“For Arteta these Arsenal players are definitely running that little bit extra. Their work rate is brilliant, there’s a good togetherness there and he improves players, I’ve heard a lot of players saying he goes out and does one-on-one stuff with them, and for a manager to do that is not really heard of in this day and age. I think that’s brilliant.
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“Under Unai Emery, for me, it was the same as it was under Arsene Wenger. They didn’t progress, they didn’t evolve, they didn’t move forward. Emery didn’t know what his best team was, making changes at half-time, but Arteta is getting the best out of all his players.
“Mesut Ozil In particular. He looked really good, he looked back to his best. I know it’s only one game, but Ozil came off the pitch yesterday and it’s the first time he’s had a smile on his face being substituted. That’s what you want to see.
“And then Lacazette comes on and gets his goal, he hadn’t scored for nine or ten games, and every player has gone over celebrating like they’ve just won a cup. This is what I’ve seeing about Arsenal at the moment, they’ve got a great togetherness.
“I like it, and I think maybe the good times are starting to come back.
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“I think they’ve got the right man there in Arteta. I really like him and what he’s doing, he’s learned from the best, Pep Guardiola, and a lot of Man City players liked Arteta when he was assistant manager there, so I think he’ll be a huge success at Arsenal.
“They’ve got a lot of young talented players, they’ll get more opportunities and Arteta will improve them and make them better.
“The future is bright for Arsenal, and I’m saying that as a Tottenham fan!”
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