Mikel Arteta has taken a moment to express his gratitude towards David Moyes for the impact the Scottish manager had on his career during their shared time at Everton.
Moyes signed Arteta when he was manager of Everton in 2005 and the Spaniard played more than 200 games under his tutelage, before joining Arsenal in 2011 for a reported fee of £10 million.
The duo are also currently the fourth and fifth longest-serving managers in the Premier League respectively and have both had transformative effects on their clubs. In the Premier League, only Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Frank have been in their positions for longer periods of time.
As a manager, Arteta remains unbeaten against Moyes in the Premier League, having won five and drawn once in the six previous encounters with the Scot. Arteta’s only defeat against his former boss was in the Carabao Cup last month when West Ham knocked Arsenal out of the competition with a 3-1 victory.
With Arsenal keeping an eye on the top spot having dropped down to 2nd in the Premier League table following Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday, Mikel Arteta expects a difficult game against the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium.
“Very difficult. They are a really good side, really well coached. It’s incredible the success that they had last year. They are again this season showing a lot of consistency. They beat Spurs and Manchester United and that tells you everything about the difficulty of the game tomorrow and we’re going to have to be really good.”
Expressing admiration for Moyes’ enduring success and managerial style, Arteta highlighted the remarkable impact Moyes had not only on his career as a player but also on his personal growth.
“To be in this league and manage for so long and be more successful than him is not easy,” Arteta stated, recognising Moyes’ accomplishments. “I know him, I love him a lot, and I’m so grateful for everything that he did for me and the times that we had together. He’s an outstanding manager. He does it in a way that’s, in my opinion, very special.”
Arteta further reflected on his own managerial journey, having recently surpassed four years as Arsenal manager. “I’m getting old I think! Well, I’m surprised by that, but it tells you how difficult this job is. Let’s keep going,” he remarked.