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Arsenal Fan Claims Mikel Arteta Is Joint Second-Best Manager In Premier League

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Arsenal Fan Claims Mikel Arteta Is Joint Second-Best Manager In Premier League

An Arsenal fan has outlined why Mikel Arteta is among the three best managers in the Premier League, second only to Pep Guardiola.

During a debate about whether Arteta was - right now - a better managerial option than Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, Arsenal fan Khaled was put on the spot about where the Gunners boss currently ranked among Premier League managers.

"I'd put him joint second," the Arsenal supporter announced boldly on live radio. "Who's first?" asked talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein.

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"Pep," came the reply - which left the answer to who Arteta was joint second alongside simple: "Klopp. I put him joint second, with Klopp, right now".

A baffled Goldstein pointed out that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has won the Premier League and Champions League (not to mention a couple of Bundesliga titles in Germany), while Arteta so far only has the FA Cup to his name.

"If we win the Europa League and finish top six, I'll put him joint second with Klopp," says Khaled, affirming his faith in the Arsenal boss.

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Of course, Arteta has only been a first-team manager for 15 months, so it's unfair to compare him trophy-wise with the likes of Klopp, Guardiola, Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, who all boast glittering CVs.

And winning an FA Cup in your first half season at a club is no small achievement.

But Arsenal currently sit 10th in the Premier League, even after Sunday's 2-1 win over rivals Tottenham, having lost 11 of 28 league games this season.

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Burnley have beaten Arsenal at home this season, while Wolves and Aston Villa have done the double over the Gunners, as Arteta's side have struggled to find consistency.

It's been a frustratingly stop-start season and winning the Europa League looks like being the Gunners only chance of securing Champions League football next season.

Performances have improved in March - and Arteta came into a club that has been struggling for several seasons now.

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But, based on the evidence we have, most football fans - including most Arsenal fans - would probably agree it's too soon to be putting Arteta as among the top three managers in the Premier League.

And especially on the same level as Klopp who, for all Liverpool's struggles in 2021, has achieved enough to be called a great manager already in his football career.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Premier League, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta

Alex Reid
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