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Roy Keane gives verdict on Mikel Arteta’s start to life as Arsenal manager

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his ‘great’ start to management with the Gunners.

Arteta took over at Arsenal in December 2019, replacing the sacked Unai Emery, and he has been widely praised for the work he has done, leading them to an FA Cup triumph last season.

The Spaniard is now looking to build on that, making a number of additions in the transfer market.

They made Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ loan moves permanent, snapped up Willian on a free, re-signed Dani Ceballos on loan, forked out over £23m for Gabriel Magalhaes and replaced Emiliano Martinez with Runar Alex Runarsson.


And when asked about Arteta’s start to life as a manager ahead of their 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield, Keane was full of praise for the Spaniard.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said: “He’s done great. I hate using the word culture but he seems to have changed the culture at the club. There seems to be a bit more steel about them.

“There’s a long way back for them, obviously, in terms of challenging the top two but the signs have been good and I think winning the FA Cup was a big boost to him.

“It kind of supports the changes he’s been making. He’s obviously got rid of one or two players with bad attitudes so it’s certainly been a good start for him.”

After losing against the reigning league champions, Arteta admitted that his side still “have a long way to go” but claimed he was happy with “the way the team competed and kept believing”.

He told BBC Sport: “We were in the game for a big part of the game. The reality is they are superior to us in many aspects. You could see that is some phases.

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“I’m really happy in the way the team competed and kept believing. This is the standard we have to reach. We are on a different journey. They’ve been together five years, we’ve had a few months.

“They scored too early [after Arsenal’s goal], big mistake from us. I had a feeling we were going to have chances in the second half. We had probably the best chance of the game. You have to put them in the net when you have chances against them.

“We have a long way to go in many things.”

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