When asked to name managers who influenced him most during his career as a player and coach, many might assume Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would default to the great Pep Guardiola.
But Gunners manager Arteta, who rose to prominence in the Premier League under the West Ham boss at Everton, always doffs his cap to Moyes.
“I think he made me a better person, made me mature in the earlier stages of my career,” Arteta once told The Guardian.
“I really liked how he managed the group as well as the individuals. He really installed a real belief around the club to be together all the time, to look after each other, and nobody was more important than the team. He really created a special atmosphere when we were together.”
Arteta has completely rejuvenated Arsenal into one of the most exciting, young, vibrant teams in Europe.
And while snipers, many from within the Emirates itself – including so-called super fans such as Piers Morgan – were criticising Arteta and mocking the ‘trust the process’ mantra, West Ham boss Moyes could see the beginnings of something special.
That is certainly a word being used to describe this season’s enigmatic Arsenal side as they sit pretty at the top of the Premier League table a quarter of the way through the season.
Hammers boss Moyes is too modest to take any credit for Arteta’s clear quality as a coach and manager, even if the Spaniard has given him plenty himself.
Moyes instead points to the influence Guardiola more likely had on his tactical nous and style in an interview with talkSPORT.
West Ham boss Moyes says protege Arteta has been lucky but also hugely disrespected as Arsenal shine.
Moyes believes ‘diligent boy’ Arteta has been fortunate to inherit some top class young players at Arsenal.
But while Moyes has been praised to high heaven for the work he has done at West Ham over the last two years, the Scot believes pundits and fans have been hugely disrespectful of the job Arteta has been doing.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I used to listen to talkSPORT regularly and a lot of people on here were critical of Arsenal over the last few years,” Moyes said on talkSPORT.
“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.”
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