Mikel Arteta praises David Moyes ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham game

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The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta could not hide his admiration For the manager of West Ham United, David Moyes. He described the Scottish tactician as a big influence on his managerial career.

Mike Arteta will face his former boss at the London Stadium on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in a Premier League game that could draw West Ham farther away from the top four or closer to it.

The Scottish tactician and the Spanish tactician have a long history together. David Moyes is credited for being the coach that brought Mikel Arteta to the Premier League.

Moyes signed Arteta on loan from Real Sociedad in 2005 when he was the coach of Everton. Afterward, Everton offered him a permanent contract in 2005 which kept him at the club until 2011 before he joined Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta and David Moyes while at Everton.
Mikel Arteta and David Moyes while at Everton.

Ahead of the Premier League game between West Ham and Arsenal, Mikel Arteta said his 6 years under David Moyes at Everton shaped his mentality about football management. He said David Moyes inspired him to go into coaching.

“I really liked how he managed the group as well as the individuals,” Mikel Arteta said. He really installed a real belief around the club to be together all the time, to look after each other and nobody was more important than the team.

“He really created a special atmosphere when we were together and I think that is why everyone involved at that time really enjoyed our time together…

“He was the one that introduced me to the Premier League and he has been a huge influence.

“First of all on a personal level because I think he made me a better person, made me mature in the earlier stages of my career.

“He was really demanding and challenging but at the same time really, really supportive.

“I learned a lot as well as a footballer, I think he made me a much more complete player, he made me play in different positions and gave me a lot of responsibility as well.

“I have great memories with him and we had some great times together.”

If David Moyes leads West Ham United to beat Arsenal in the league game, they could be in the top four pending the outcome of other games especially the one involving 4th placed Chelsea. While Arsenal could move to the 9th spot if they win over West Ham. The match will kick off at 16:00 today.