‘So intense’ – Parlour says Arsenal boss reminds him of Wenger and Guardiola

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Ray Parlour has described Mikel Arteta as being ‘intense’ as Arsenal manager, comparing him to Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard has endured a mixed time since taking over at the Emirates Stadium in December 2019, recording two eighth place finishes before missing out on the top four with a fifth place finish last term.

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Arteta is facing a big season at Arsenal this term

Arteta’s time with Arsenal has been mixed

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Arteta’s time with Arsenal has been mixed

While the jury is out on whether Arteta has what it takes to restore Arsenal to their former glory, one ex-player believes that he’s showing all of the skills needed to be a long-term success at the club.

The Gunners boss spent time under Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger during his playing days, while also learning from Pep Guardiola as his number two at Man City between 2016 and 2019.

According to ex-Invincible Parlour, those experiences have clearly stood him in good stead, having watched the manager’s style during the club’s recent pre-season tour of the United States and in the new All or Nothing documentary on Amazon Prime.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Parlour said: “The intensity he shows in training, he’s really onto the players.

“I saw it in America that he’s really pushing everybody so hard, and  if you’re not part of his plans, he’s more or less saying to you that you might as well leave the club.”

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Asked if that’s all him, or if he’s adopted that style from Guardiola, Parlour said: “I don’t know. You’ve got to have your own style.


8. Mikel Arteta

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Arteta worked as Guardiola’s number two

Arteta learned a lot from working under Wenger

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Arteta learned a lot from working under Wenger

“I’m sure he’s learned from all the managers he’s played under and worked with as a coach. He played under Arsene Wenger, and I can see he’s got a little bit of that, he’s been in the dressing room and dugout with Pep Guardiola who demands so much out of his players.

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“If you’re going to be successful, you’ve got to do that.

“If you’re not and you don’t put the effort in, you’re not disciplined, then you know what’s going to happen – you’re going to be out of the door.

“That’s what happened with Aubameyang and a few of the other lads.”

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