PL legend likens Arteta’s Arsenal to when he ‘was at Barcelona’

Yaya Toure has claimed that Mikel Arteta deserves credit for the changes he has implemented at Arsenal, likening their pressing style to that of the old Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Yaya was one of the best players of his era, shining amongst star-studded squads and completely setting the English division alight with the Citizens previously.

He has now moved to praise the playing style on show by Arteta’s Arsenal this term, claiming they have become a pressing force, likening their playing style to that of his former clubs.

“If you see the action before the goals, that’s why you have to give credit to Arteta since he has arrived at Arsenal,” Toure told Premier League Productions (as quoted by HITC).

“He has improved this team when they lose the ball. Five seconds and they get the ball back. That’s typical from Pep (Guardiola).

“When I was at Barcelona, they were doing similar. When they lost the ball, the guys who are in front, they stay. The guys who are behind, they run behind you. Man City do that a lot. They are great at that.

“Then, when they get the ball back, they change their pace to finish as soon as possible. It looks simple, but it’s very hard.”

Our team has really come together this season, after showing glimpses of shine in previous years, but it still remains as to whether ths team can hold onto that consistency to earn a top-four finish.

The hard work has been done to get us the advantage in the race for fourth, and we must now hold our nerves, something we had to do tenfold this weekend.

The pressing was evident which Yaya mentions if you watch back Bukayo Saka’s goal, with him winning the ball back as well as finishing off the team move to highlight the immense work that goes on behind the scenes, with the goal scorer admitting that they work on doing just that in training every day.

Are there still fans out there who doubt the direction the club is headed in?


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  1. Are there still fans out there who doubt the direction the club is headed in?

    Well going by your poll that was only last month about 25% wanted him gone and about the same were Unsure ,so going by this website as an example I would say half doubted where this club was going last month ,unless that’s drastically changed .

    1. DK, it’s a GD lovefest, unfortunately it appears as if we’ve learned nothing from our cult of personality post-Halcyon days???

      1. nothing like bringing another sledgehammer to a highly nuanced debate AdPat….what’s the next poll going to be, do you believe in the existence of God, yes or no???

  2. The evidence is there for everyone to see that there is indeed a massive change in the way Arsenal approaches games and how they have improved drastically in front of goal. Arteta is the right person to steer this team forward and should be trusted to do the job.

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