Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: Tottenham manager was like a father to me

Mikel Arteta says Mauricio Pochettino was "like a father" to him during his time on loan at Paris Saint-Germain

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Mikel Arteta says Mauricio Pochettino was “like a father” to him during his time on loan at Paris Saint-Germain.

Arteta spent the 2001-02 season at the Ligue 1 club and played alongside former Argentina centre-half Pochettino, who was captain at the time.

I will always be grateful for what he did for him and I respect him for that

Mikel Arteta

And the Arsenal midfielder was full of praise for the newly-appointed Tottenham Hotspur manager ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.

“He was the captain of the club and for me, he was like a father,” Arteta told the Daily Mail.

“He really looked after me. He taught me about the values and the behaviour that a professional footballer must have.

“He told me about the way a footballer must look after himself and he had a lot of respect for his team-mates.

“I will always be grateful for what he did for him and I respect him for that.”

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