Ex-Arsenal attacker Eduardo believes Mikel Arteta is capable of turning his former club “into title winners” over the next five years.
The Spaniard has been Arsenal’s manager since the end of 2019. He helped them win the FA Cup during his first season.
The Gunners were disappointing in 2020/21 and they lost their first three league games of this campaign.
They have performed really well in recent months though as they are pushing for a Champions League place.
Arsenal travel to face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Monday night. The visitors will move back up to fourth if they win this game. They are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham with two games in hand.
Eduardo played 67 times for Arsenal between 2007 and 2010. He thinks Arteta “deserves all the credit he gets”:
“Arsenal are growing quickly. They’ve improved significantly over the last few years, in a transition phase from Arsene Wenger to Mikel Arteta’s side right now,” Eduardo said (quotes via The Metro).
“This year, for me, is the best that they have looked as a team in around eight years. They’re very close to getting back into the Champions League, and for that, they deserve a lot of credit – especially when you look at some of the teams they’re ahead of in the table right now.
“Mikel deserves all the credit he gets. It’s very hard to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, but they’re right up there behind those two as one of the best sides in the division right now.
“Man City have a dangerous combination of a lot of money and the top coach in the world, while Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have built a really strong squad. But that’s taken a few years.
“When you look back at where Liverpool were when Klopp took over, and how long it took him to turn them into a title-challenging side with the identity they currently have, that’s maybe an approach Arsenal can look at taking. Klopp has strengthened in a couple of key areas with every transfer window, and it’s led to Liverpool challenging for the title.
“Arsenal don’t spend a lot of money in comparison to those top teams, but they are building something special, step by step. I’m confident that Mikel Arteta – a fresh coach with new and exciting ideas – can replicate the success of 1998 and 2004 by turning this team into title winners in the next five years. I believe Arsenal can win the Premier League in the next five years.”
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