West Ham boss David Moyes has delivered a cutting one-line Unai Emery put down as he lauds Mikel Arteta ahead of the trip to Arsenal.
West Ham take on Arsenal when the Premier League gets back underway on Boxing Day following the World Cup break.
Gunners manager Arteta, who rose to prominence in the Premier League under the West Ham boss at Everton, always doffs his cap to Moyes.
He did just that again this week ahead of the clash, praising the Scot for the impact he had on his career and life.
West Ham have some real work to do to get their season back on track. The Hammers are just one point off the bottom three approaching the halfway stage of the campaign.
Even Aston Villa, who were so bad they sacked Steven Gerrard a few weeks before the World Cup pause, went four points ahead of the east Londoners after an uplift under new boss Emery.
The Aston Villa boss was deemed a major flop at Arsenal as he was sacked three years ago following the club’s worst run of results since 1992.
On his return to the Prem, the club who sent him packing are sitting pretty at the top of the league as his replacement Arteta leads something of a surprise title charge.
West Ham were grateful for the World Cup break so bad was their form prior to it. But for Arsenal it came at a bad time given the momentum they had and in light of the injury sustained by Gabriel Jesus.
As a result some have suggested this might be a good time for West Ham to face Arsenal. But the Hammers manager believes that time has long since passed.
West Ham boss Moyes has delivered a cutting one-line Emery put down as he lauds Arteta ahead of the trip to Arsenal.
When asked whether it was a good time to face Arteta’s Gunners side – Moyes aimed a cutting dig at Emery’s time in north London as he praised his former protege.
“I think the best time to face Arsenal was about three years ago,” Moyes said with a knowing grin and glare in his pre-match presser.
“I think that’s when they were (there for the taking). I think since Mikel has come in he’s done a brilliant job, got them going, they’ve won a couple of trophies, they’ve sort of gone against the grain a wee bit where people thought it wouldn’t happen and they’ve produced a very good team.
“So three years ago I think would have bee a good time (to play Arsenal) probably!”
It is fair to say Emery’s time at Arsenal will go down as one of the darkest periods in the club’s modern history.
And Aston Villa will be hoping he fares considerably better at Villa Park.
The comments will undoubtedly be brought up when Moyes and Emery next face one another in the dugout.
That will come around when West Ham welcome Aston Villa to the London Stadium in March.