‘Similar to Barcelona’ – Toure praises Arteta, likens him to Guardiola

Jason Soutar
Yaya Toure

Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has heaped praise on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, likening him to City boss Pep Guardiola.

Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates in December 2019 and won the FA Cup in his first season.

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The Gunners have finished eighth in the last two seasons, however, prompting criticism from the club’s fanbase.

Arteta was walking on thin ice last term after a run of seven games without a win, but has made Arsenal favourites to finish in the top four this campaign.

The north Londoners looked terrific at times as they beat Watford 3-2 on Sunday.

And former Man City midfielder Toure has praised Arsenal’s turnaround under the Spanish manager, likening his playing style to that of Guardiola.

“If you see the action before the goals, that’s why you have to give credit to Arteta since he has arrived at Arsenal,” Toure said (quotes via the Daily Mail).

“He has improved this team when they lose the ball. Five seconds and they get the ball back. That’s typical from Pep.

“When I was at Barcelona, they were doing similar. When they lost the ball, the guys who are in front, they stay. The guys who are behind, they run behind you. Man City do that a lot. They are great at that.

“Then, when they get the ball back, they change their pace to finish as soon as possible. It looks simple, but it’s very hard.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that Jamie Vardy is the player he “hates playing against most”.

Arteta’s side come up against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. Vardy is back to full fitness and he is set to start against at the Emirates.

Ahead of this clash, Ramsdale has stated that he would “love” to play with Vardy as he “doesn’t stop running”.

“The one I hate playing against most is Jamie Vardy. The guy just doesn’t stop running,” Ramsdale said.

“I’d love to have him on my team, hate playing against him. I’ve played against him five times now, he’s scored four times.”