Arsene Wenger says “there was never a doubt” in his mind that Mikel Arteta would become a successful coach.
The Spanish midfielder hung up his boots amid emotional scenes on the final day of the season as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 at Emirates Stadium.
Arteta is now expected to take up a coaching role and Wenger says the 34-year-old has all the attributes to succeed.
“First of all he was the captain of the team, so he has leadership qualities,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “He is a winner and he is focused every day to do well.
“He has an impact on his partners. That is a little bit difficult to explain sometimes, but I believe he is highly focused on football. He has a passion, like Spanish people do, for the game.
“When you get to 30 you start to envisage your life and your future without playing football. Slowly it matures inside you and there was never a doubt in my mind, the way I see him behave every day, that he would finish in football, and I think he will do very well.”
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