Willian says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is different to his former manager Frank Lampard because he is ‘obsessed’ with tactics.
The winger signed a three-year contract with Arsenal after joining the Gunners on a free transfer from Chelsea in August.
The 32-year-old spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, playing alongside Lampard for a season in 2013/14 before working under the former midfielder during his final season when he took over as Chelsea manager in July 2019.
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Although both Lampard and Arteta made the step up to management after successful playing careers as Premier League midfielders, Willian says the comparison ends there.
“Their football philosophies are very different. Perhaps the only similarity is that they’re young managers with a bright future ahead of them,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.
“The way they look at the game isn’t similar. Mikel is more obsessed about the tactical aspects of football. He has a great understanding of the tactical side and dedicates a lot of time to it during his training sessions. Frank obviously works on his tactics as well, but in a different way.”
So far this season it is Lampard’s approach which is succeeding, with Chelsea third in the Premier League table following their 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Sunday, while Arsenal are 14th after their 2-1 defeat by Wolves.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last 11 games across all competitions and have found a level of consistency after spending £230million on new additions in the summer transfer window.
Although Willian turned down the offer of a new contract to move across London to Arsenal at the start of the season, he is grateful for Lampard’s support during his last year at the club.
“The best word to describe my feelings about Frank is gratitude,” the Brazilian…