Ahead of this weekend’s London Derby, David Moyes spoke about Mikel Arteta and how he expects him to be successful at Arsenal.
There is an interesting past between Mikel Arteta and David Moyes. Both managers will face each other this weekend for the first time as managers. The game will be a London Derby between Arsenal and West Ham United, it will take place at Emirates Stadium.
The Scotsman spoke to the press ahead of the game and revealed how surprised he is for Arteta’s present as the Gunners’ boss. When he coached Everton, David actually had Mikel Arteta as one of his players for seven seasons.
They are set to clash on Saturday evening. The Hammers are trying to avoid relegation this season, whereas Arsenal are doing everything in their power to reach European competition spots.
“Facing him will be pretty strange, it probably tells me that I am getting a bit old,” confessed Moyes via Four Four Two.
“He was a great player for me, he helped change Everton – the team, the way we played.
“We had so many good players at the time in Mikel, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman. They were all terrific players and it changed what we had and improved us greatly.
“He was always a really good football player first and foremost, once he got to understand the Premier League – it took him a while to settle in – but once he got used to it he became a really good football player.
“Once he got used to the physical elements of the Premier League he became a really good captain. He was an excellent professional and it rubbed off on a lot of the people around him. I was very fortunate to have him around me.
“He came in to a club that was on the up and had good players, but Mikel gave us something different.
“The biggest disappointment was when I had to sell him to Arsenal because, at the time, he wanted to go and it was a good move at the right time in his career, but we missed him. He was an exceptional player.
“Mikel is now on a different career path and has started really well. He’ll remember a lot from the early days and he will go on to have a successful career, no doubt.”