Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lauded by David Moyes who says ‘nobody was giving them respect’

West Ham manager David Moyes has praised his former player Mikel Arteta and believes critics were too quick in their judgment of the Arsenal boss.

Since being appointed as manager in December 2019, Arteta has progressively built a competitive young squad at the Emirates.

The Spaniard got off to a promising start after claiming the FA Cup and Community Shield in quick succession.

However, the early momentum was shut down by an inconsistent 2020/21 campaign. The Gunners missed out on the top four by two points following an end-of-season collapse.

The pressure subsequently ramped up on Arteta though the Spaniard is currently reaping the rewards of his labour with the club currently top of the Premier League table.

The Gunners have won eight of their opening nine games in the league this season. This includes their 3-2 victory over Liverpool last weekend.

Moyes, who managed Arteta at Everton, hit back at the Spaniard’s critics.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I used to listen to talkSPORT regularly and a lot of people on here were critical of Arsenal over the last few years.

“I think Arsenal have been a really good team for a while when nobody was giving them the respect.

“They’ve brought in [Martin] Odegaard who has made a real difference in the position he plays for them and makes it really difficult.

“I think Mikel had an idea of what he thinks it should look like. After working with Pep [Guardiola] for a few years and giving him that guidance on how to prepare a good team, it was just I felt that nobody was giving Mikel any credit whatsoever.

“He’s a real diligent boy, young manager learning his way, he’ll make a few mistakes along the way, but I did and everybody does when you are in management in the early years.

“He isn’t half putting together a good side. Sometimes you need to have good fortune to have good young players at your club when you arrive in. And I think Arsenal have good young players in their system.”

The Gunners will turn their attention to Europa League action on Thursday as they take on Bodo/Glimt away in Norway.

Moyes’ West Ham side will also be in action as they host Anderlecht in the Europa Conference League.

The Hammers got off to a slow start this season. However, the side appear to have rediscovered their form, picking up five wins from their last six games.

“This year, we’ve actually got a stronger group of players,” said Moyes when talking about his own side. “It has made our starting XI, whether that’s in Europe or the Premier League, stronger.

“As managers we ask for a bit of time for things to settle in. In general, over the last two and a half years we’ve made progress.

“From where we’ve started, at fourth or fifth bottom of the league trying to find our way out of relegation, to being fourth or fifth top of the Premier League last season for long periods. It takes some doing.

“It’s not just some doing in one year but it’s trying to do it regularly that’s the hard part.”

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