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Willian believes Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is destined to be considered ‘one of the best managers in the world’ and says he will win more trophies ‘sooner rather than later’.
Arteta left his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City to return to Arsenal in replace of Unai Emery in December 2019.
While Arsenal are currently only 11th in the Premier League, the Gunners have largely impressed under Arteta, winning the FA Cup last season.
Willian, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea over the summer, says more trophies await Arteta, who he believes will soon be considered one of the best managers on the planet.
The Brazil international told FourFourTwo: ‘He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it. ‘The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.
‘Obviously you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later.
‘I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed.
‘It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.’
Arteta, meanwhile, admits his Arsenal team are a ‘long way’ from where they need to be as he looks to lead the club to major trophies. ‘We’re a long way, I’m afraid,’ he said this week. ‘It’s part of a process.
‘The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.
‘So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.
‘There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it’s been difficult, it’s been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.
‘We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright.
‘I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don’t go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.
‘We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.’
Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday against newly-promoted Leeds United.