Robin van Persie believes that Mikel Arteta has the potential to become a “great” Arsenal manager.
Arteta has already won the silver medal in his fledgling managerial career, leading the Gunners to a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup final over Chelsea this month.
Although Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League, that triumph at Wembley was enough to secure their place in the Europa League for next season.
And former gunner Van Persie, who spent a season playing alongside Arteta at Arsenal, has backed former Pep Guardiola assistant to become a top-notch coach.
“He was a good player. He was always in shape, he connected the game, he scored his goals. It was good, ”Van Persie told Stats Perform News.
But, as a coach, I think he has the potential to be great. I said that even after watching the first couple of training sessions, or parts of them.
“The way he appears in the media, the way he makes his team play. It is very promising, very positive.
“You need time. Sometimes you look at the teams or you look at a coach and you think ‘okay, this coach could be 200 years old and it wouldn’t happen.’
“When I look at Mikel, I see changes, I see positive changes and little things that happen. How they work together, how they defend themselves together.
“They are a shorter distance together. Moving forward but also on the defensive. They have improved defending set pieces, which was always a problem.
“David Luiz is having his best games. He gives the players confidence and most of the players are catching it, they are doing very well and they really play for Mikel. “