The chief of the Gunners celebrated his counterpart in Leeds for the way he turned Elland Road Club into enemy refuge before they met over the weekend
In contrast to his close friends Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, Mikel Arteta has not yet met Marcelo Bielsa properly.
But the Arsenal boss has heard so much about the Chilean from these two and several other friends that he values him just as much.
Guardiola has been a student of Bielsa since he went on a pilgrimage to see him in South America when he started managing it in Barcelona.
While Pochettino, with whom Arteta played in Paris Saint-Germain, began his professional career under the Leeds boss as a youth at Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina.
Both have innumerable stories to tell about the man known as El Loco the Madman, and Arteta will no doubt have one or two of their own after sharing a line of contact with him on Elland Road this afternoon.
Arteta said: « I haven’t spent time with Marcelo but I know a lot of players who have and one of my best friends has spent many, many years with him. « .
“So I know a lot about his methods, who he is as a person, who he is as a manager and I have admired him for many, many years.
“I have followed his work, the way he plays, the way in which he can change a football club immediately, with his mentality and the messages he sends with his personality, his charisma.
« And I’ve been very impressed with what he’s been doing in England since joining Leeds.
« It changed the belief of all the members of the club, the fans, that they could come back and be the club they were years ago. ”
Arteta worked for three and a half years as Guardiola’s assistant at Etihad before starting his first management job eleven months ago.
And while, of course, he learned a lot from the manager who remains the best at the game for many, many others, including Arsene Wenger, Alex McLeish, Jose Maria Amorrortu and David Moyes, have helped shape Arteta’s take on the game on the way.
He added, “You obviously get the training from the coaches that you have had in your playing career.
“And then you start to follow and contact managers around the world with different ideas and methods to try to learn.
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« And then you see what fits into your culture and how you watch and understand the game and what you want to implement.
« There’s a bit of a mix, but you have to have something inside you, your beliefs, and then you can take some details off someone else’s. ”
Arteta still puts his own stamp on the Gunners, and at the top of his to-do list, he’s getting his goalscorers back on fire.
Arsenal have only scored nine goals this season and have had the fewest shots on goal in the second half this season in any of England’s four divisions.
One change Arteta could make would be to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a more central role instead of letting him in from the left.
The Spaniard said: « I am open to many options as I am open to using different formations and changing the team by different names. « .
« We have to help him more. He also knows what he can do and what he has to improve in his game in order to be more decisive.
« It will come, I haven’t known a striker in the world for 10 years who has never had a time when he hasn’t scored so many goals. « .
« How to navigate this period and how quickly to get back to what you always did.
« It’s normal for them. Just go a natural path without putting too much pressure on yourself and we as trainers will find ways to help him as much as possible. ”
Arsenal F. . C.. . , Dominik Szoboszlai, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Premier League
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