EPL: They’re flying high now – Steven Gerrard hails Mikel Arteta


 

Steven Gerrard has hailed fellow manager Mikel Arteta for the way in which he got through challenging periods at Arsenal.

Arteta came under fierce criticism after Arsenal lost their opening three matches of the 2021-22 season.

The Gunners bounced back, managed and ended up missing out on a spot in the Champions League qualification places by a narrow margin.

The north Londoners are currently top of the league table after winning five of their first six matches.

Arteta also won the Premier League manager of the month award for August.

“A lot of managers have shown that sometimes you’ve got to have tough periods, setbacks, and show that you can cope in those moments. Show that you can come through them, and build on them.

“There’s a lot of examples of that – Ralph [Hasenhuttl] is one.

“You’re looking at Mikel Arteta, obviously flying high now at the top of the Premier League now. I bet if you spoke to him, it wasn’t all about ups and fantastic times and enjoying it all

“But what he did do in the tough moments, he stepped forward.”

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