Mikel Arteta had been an Arsenal player for just a year when his leadership skills were rewarded by Arsene Wenger with vice-captaincy of the Gunners. His new deeper lying position in midfield allows him to control the game, and he is keen to continue to do so when his playing career is over. The main down side, according to the Spaniard, is the pressure that managers are under in the modern game.
“I think the job has changed alot in the last few years, you can see the stress and the responsibility managers have.
“I have thought about it alot and we will see what happens one day. It’s still early for that. Obviously you’re starting to get a few things from different managers and players and a key thing is they can help.
“Sometimes on the pitch as well you think about things that can be done better, or in a different way, or how you play depending on if you’re winning and drawing and what the team needs to do.”
David Moyes and Wenger are two of the most respected managers in the English Premier league and Arteta will have learned a great deal from them, especially about coping on a budget.
It is clear from his play that his tactical awareness will be a massive benefit to him as a manager, but Arteta believes that man management is equally important. He realises that evry player is different and should be treated differently to get the best out of them.
Only time will tell, but we could see Arteta directing the play from the dugout rather than the middle of the pitch one day.