Rio Ferdinand delivers Arsenal praise he has “never” said about club before

Rio Ferdinand has praised Arsenal’s improvements under Mikel Arteta with the Gunners getting their Premier League season off to a flying start.

Arsenal won 3-0 at Fulham thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, new signing Gabriel, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It continued their fine form from the end of last season with the Emirates outfit having won the FA Cup and Community Shield.

And Ferdinand has praised the coaching from Arteta, who took over in north London in December following the sacking of Unai Emery.

Ferdinand said: “They’re a well-drilled team and I think this season it’s going to be a common denominator about what you say all the time about this Arsenal team – they’re well-coached. That’s how they look.”

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BT Sport host Jake Humphrey then asked former England star Ferdinand how many times he has said that about Arsenal since he hung up his boots to become a pundit.

And he responded: “I’d say almost never. I think in the last seven or eight, 10 years this team aren’t happy in these positions.

“They’re happy to be here, they’re happy defending and they look comfortable more importantly.

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“They enjoy it, they enjoy being in defensive areas to get their friends out of trouble.”

Arteta has progressed at the Emirates and recently had his job title changed from head coach to first-team manager.

“My title has changed a little bit but I’m just here to try and do my job as well as possible,” Arteta said.

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