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Arteta - Pele changed dimension of world football

The football world was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Pele.

Mikel Arteta was asked about the iconic three-time World Cup winner in his pre-Brighton press conference - here’s what he said.

on the influence Pele had on Arteta…

Everything I’ve seen of him was through videos and people who knew him personally. He was someone who changed the dimension of world football - he could do a bit of everything. He was probably the most complete player the game had ever seen. It’s a big loss. We’ve had two big losses with him and Maradona in the last years.

on if the Brazilian players in the squad have mentioned Pele’s legacy…

We talked about that the other day. Obviously they are very emotional because he’s one of the most popular figures in Brazil. It’s a big loss.

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