Mikel Arteta lauded as Arsenal’s “main man” for key change in their mentality

Mikel Arteta has been hailed as Arsenal’s ‘main man’ for turning boys into men at The Emirates.

The Gunners’ boss has impressed in his short spell in charge thus far, particularly from a tactical standpoint and improving the club’s fortunes.

However, former Man Utd defender Patrice Evra has also noticed a key change in the mentality of Arsenal’s players, which he feels has been a direct result of Arteta’s appointment.

Evra has explained in the past how he used to call Arsenal his “babies” due to their lack of a winners edge.

Speaking at the end of last year, he said: “I just don’t see any leadership. I don’t see any character or any personality. They look weak mentally.”

Evra (C) once said he used to refer to Arsenal as his "babies"
Evra (C) once said he used to refer to Arsenal as his “babies”

But Arteta appears to have changed all that, as Evra praised Arsenal’s manager for the job he has done since taking over in December.

“I think Mikel Arteta is the main man and it is a big sign to see the captain [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] sign a new deal,” Evra said on Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s match with Sheffield United on Sunday.

“I see the green light for Arsenal and now also they bring the winning mentality and that’s why I now respect that club.”

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Addressing his previous comments, Evra continued: “I’d feel like I was playing against a baby but you can’t say that anymore.

“I’ll be honest I really have so much respect for Arsenal and I’m really happy the way Arteta is doing his things.

“He doesn’t have also enough money to pay for the players he wants for his team so I am impressed.”

Arsenal got their season off to a perfect start, winning their first two matches against Fulham and West Ham.

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Arteta's Arsenal made it three wins from four in the league this season on Sunday
Arteta’s Arsenal made it three wins from four in the league this season on Sunday

They then suffered defeat to reigning champions Liverpool before eliminating them from the Carabao Cup on Thursday, having knocked out Leicester the week prior.

Arteta’s men then managed to survive late pressure from Sheffield United to earn another Premier League win on Sunday.

Goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe put the Gunners in command before David McGoldrick’s strike seven minutes from time made for a nervy finish, but Arsenal held on.

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