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Arsenal dismissing Arteta would have been "ludicrous" - Moyes

Sat 20 March 2021 | 22:12

West Ham manager, David Moyes has mentioned that it would have been “ludicrous” for Arsenal to have fired Mikel Arteta earlier this season.

Arteta

 

was going through alot after Arsenal underwent a miserable run at the beginning of this season.

"If they had even considered making a change at Arsenal, it would have been ludicrous,”

Moyes, who coached Arteta in his time as a midfielder at Everton, mentioned.

Many speculated that he could lose his career after being at his post since in December 2019. 

But the 38-year-old has carried Arsenal to a turnaround with the team going 8-3-3 in their last 14 Premier League games, however, the Gunners still stand 10th.

“I think it would have been an incredibly stupid thing to do on someone who has already come in and won a couple of trophies. But that would be easily forgotten about as if that was easy to do."

Arsenal

 

have also managed to reach the Europa League last eight.

“I think it would have been an incredibly stupid thing to do on someone who has already come in and won a couple of trophies. But that would be easily forgotten about, as if that was easy to do.

“Everybody knew he was going to have to take time to change. He’s got to be given an opportunity to do so.

“So, if that had even been considered by the media, or considered by the club, then I can only have seen it as being the wrong decision, because Mikel needs time - as all coaches need - but I think especially when you step into a job like that.

“If anything, you need to be given a bit of opportunity to turn it around.”

The Spaniard praised Moyes because of his influence on Arteta's career, and both of them will face each other when Arsenal face West Ham on Sunday.

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

Arteta added.

“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."

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