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Jamie Carragher pinpoints the Mikel Arteta trait that has impressed him most


Jamie Carragher has hailed the impact of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal ahead of their mouthwatering clash against Liverpool on Monday – and highlighted the impressive style with which they have won games.

Arteta only took charge of the Gunners last December but has already won an FA Cup and a Community Shield, and his side have also been victorious in their first two games in the Premier League this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, Carragher stated his belief that this Arsenal side are a huge level above the one that played Liverpool under Unai Emery at this stage in the last campaign.

Mikel Arteta has impressed in his first job in management

“There’s no doubt Arsenal are on the way back under Mikel Arteta,” Carragher said. “I think he’s been a brilliant signing.

“I’m so impressed with how he’s managing that squad. I think we’d all say that squad still needs a lot more work doing to it to get back to the level Arsenal supporters want.

“But what he’s done with the squad he’s inherited is fantastic. To win the FA Cup, beat Liverpool a couple of times in the league and Community Shield, that’s something Liverpool will want to put right.

“But it’s a completely different proposition this Arsenal team coming to Anfield than it was last season when Unai Emery’s Arsenal came very early in the season.”

Carragher added that the way Arteta has managed to win games with style while also moulding a successful defensive unit has been one of the most eye-catching features of his tenure so far.

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“That’s what has impressed me about Mikel Arteta,” he added. “We know his upbringing in football, in Spain, and he’s worked with Pep Guardiola as a coach as well. He wants to be involved in teams that dominate the ball and dominate the game.

“But he possibly realises now he doesn’t have the players to do that, to take on the big teams, and he’s done it a different way and got results. I think that’s great management.

“He’s made Arsenal – would you believe – look defensively strong at the moment. That can only be attributed to his organisation rather than the individual players, I must say.”

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