Santi Cazorla has backed his former team-mate Mikel Arteta to take pleasure in a ‘great career’ as manager of Arsenal.
Ex-Gunners midfielder Arteta returned to the Emirates in December after being named as Unai Emery’s everlasting alternative.
Arsenal have usually flattered to deceive below Arteta – though they impressed by coming from behind twice to draw with Chelsea on Tuesday – however Cazorla has tipped his compatriot to develop right into a ‘great coach’.
‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future,’ Cazorla advised Goal. ‘Even after I was enjoying with him, he confirmed nice management in dressing room.
‘Some say it’s a big gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, however I consider it’s an affordable problem. He additionally labored as a coach below Pep Guardiola.
‘I believe he can become a great coach. It’s not straightforward for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson.
‘I can’t anticipate how lengthy he’ll keep at Arsenal, however I consider he can even make nice profession at Arsenal, and he’s a correct one for Arsenal. I hope Mikel leads Arsenal properly.’
Spanish midfielder Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal and helped the Gunners win two FA Cups earlier than leaving the membership to be part of Villarreal in 2018.
The latter phases of his profession in north London have been tormented by accidents and Cazorla says he has unfinished enterprise at Arsenal.
‘I don’t know if it’s doable or not, however I need to play another recreation for Arsenal earlier than I retire,’ the 35-year-old added. ‘It was a deep remorse that I might by no means have a correct goodbye.
‘Arsenal was the biggest club I ever played for. I’m proud that I used to be an Arsenal participant.
‘I’m particularly grateful for Arsenal followers who supported me even after I left the membership. I want I will be a part of the Gunners household sooner or later once more.’