Arsenal’s progress since Mikel Arteta took charge has been undeniable, with the Gunners still unbeaten in the Premier League in 2020.
The former Manchester City assistant coach has injected self-belief into the squad and made strides in changing the side’s philosophy on the pitch.
His work behind the scenes at the Emirates has been hailed by those who know him best – his players.
Almost every single member of the Arsenal first team has praised the Spaniard’s coaching, and spoken about how the Gunners boss has improved their game on a personal level.
Here is a round-up of what the Arsenal players think of Arteta:
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“He has, in this short time, a big impact because you can see the intensity we play with. Also the structure in the team and the mentality out of the pitch.
“Before it was, I don’t want to say a mess, it was a little bit confusing, everybody was doing different things and we were not a team, not in the dressing room, not on the pitch, and you could see this.
“I think with Mikel it changed completely. The first day he came he was not talking too much about tactics, he was talking about how we behave in the dressing room, when we go to the games we have to be more professional, more like a team.
“I think it is not only what he has learned from Pep Guardiola, when you talk with all of the people that worked with him, they say he’s a very clever guy with tactics and how to improve players.”
“Mikel has always been very tactical in his work and in his whole life, he’s very professional with very clear ideas,” Bellerin told Arsenal’s official website.
“It’s very early doors in time. [Mikel] has a new philosophy and the way he has implemented it in the last few games that we’ve played, there’s been a big change.
“I think sometimes we need to be a bit more efficient in front of goal [but] that’s also something that comes with confidence.
“When you see that you’re playing better and controlling games better, the goals are something that’s going to come. I’m sure you’re going to see that very quickly.
“For us, the promise is that we’re trying to get better every single day. When a different coach comes, there are different things that you’re being asked to do.
“The most important thing is to get things right and I think with the coaching that we’re getting and the tactical advice, if we do the things that they’re asking us to do we’re going to be successful.”
“He knows football, he knows inside the pitch. He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody.
“What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy, I really believe we can do something big this year and in the future, so…