Mikel Arteta reveals admiration for new Liverpool signing

Mikel Arteta will be hoping to mastermind Arsenal’s third consecutive win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed his longstanding admiration of new Liverpool recruit Thiago Alcantara.

Last season’s runaway Premier League champions bolstered their squad this summer with the additions of Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas, but it has been the signing of the Spain international midfielder that has really excited the Anfield faithful.

Thiago is braced to make his home debut against Arsenal on Monday having impressed as a second half substitute in last week’s convincing 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal were said to be among a number of clubs monitoring Thiago’s situation and although Arteta refused to be drawn on whether the Gunnres registered an official interest, he did confess he was a fan of the player, dating back to his time with Barcelona.

He said: ‘Yeah, I really like him from my time that I was in Barcelona as well. A player with incredible personality, great talent, very special qualities to play in midfield. I think he’s a great signing for Liverpool.’

Thiago made his impressive Liverpool…