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Pochettino’s opinion on Mikel Arteta at Arsenal as pressure on boss grows

Mauricio Pochettino believes Mikel Arteta will be a success at Arsenal.

The former Tottenham boss made his positive prediction when Arteta first took over from Unai Emery back in 2019.

Pochettino told Sky Sports: “Yes of course, he’s going to be [a success]. He’s top, a top personality, character. I think he has the qualities to be one of the best.”

He added: “He was very young when I played with him at Paris Saint-Germain, he was 17 years old when he arrived and he was brilliant.”

Arteta is under increasing pressure in north London with Arsenal being drawn into a relegation battle over the past few weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Mikel Arteta will be a success

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The Gunners have the second-worst form of any team in the Premier League since game week five, and Arteta faces being sacked unless he can turn things around.

Former Spurs boss Pochettino has been linked with the Arsenal job in recent weeks, but played down ever managing the club back in 2018.

“I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol,” he said.

Arteta (right) is under increasing pressure in north London

“I grew up in Newell’s Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central.

“That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places. But my commitment is massive in this club. I am working like I am going to be here forever.

“But in the end, it is like the players, you never know what is going to happen in football. It is a lot of rumours about this, about that.”

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