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Raheem Sterling praises former assitant Mikel Arteta for making Arsenal more aggressive


‘I knew he would implement what he wanted to bring in’: Raheem Sterling praises Mikel Arteta for making Arsenal more aggressive

  • Raheem Sterling isn’t surprised Arteta is proving to be a success at Arsenal 
  • The Spaniard has done extremely well since taking charge in December  
  • Arteta coached Sterling during his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant  

Raheem Sterling is not surprised in the slightest that Mikel Arteta is having success as manager of Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s former assistant will return to the Etihad on Saturday, a place where he spent more than three-and-a-half years.

The former midfielder has made a great start since taking charge of the Gunners, dramatically improving results and lifting the FA Cup. 

Raheem Sterling had no doubts that Mikel Arteta has what it takes to be a successful manger

Raheem Sterling had no doubts that Mikel Arteta has what it takes to be a successful manger

‘He’s a person that had a lot of say here,’ Sterling said. ‘The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well.

‘So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.

‘And he’s a person that will put his foot down and not let things slide as you can see with the boys at Arsenal. They know if they don’t run they are most likely not going to play.’

Sterling says that Arsenal have always had a strong side but Arteta has challenged them to match their skill with work rate.

Areta coached Sterling for three-and-a-half seasons as Pep Guardiola's assistant manager

Areta coached Sterling for three-and-a-half seasons as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager 

‘You can see the change that he’s brought in there, you can see the energy, you can see how much he’s put into them with their off-ball work,’ the City forward added.

‘We all knew before Mikel got in how much good football they could play, how technically good they were but probably off the field they weren’t as aggressive as they are with Mikel.

‘They run their socks off now, you can see why they benefited with some good results recently.’

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