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.”
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.”
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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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