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Tim Cahill backs Mikel Arteta to succeed as Arsenal boss

Tim Cahill backs Arteta to succeed as Arsenal boss
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Tim Cahill tips former Everton teammate Mikel Arteta to enjoy a successful career as a manager.

Tim Cahill has tipped former Everton teammate Mikel Arteta to enjoy a successful career as Arsenal manager.

The Spaniard has endured a mixed start to life in the Emirates dugout, winning eight, drawing six and losing two of his first 16 fixtures.

Cahill and Arteta formed a fundamental part of David Moyes's Everton side before the latter's switch to the Gunners in 2011, and Cahill believes that Arteta will flourish in his managerial career.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Cahill said: "Mikel was always a coach, even as a player. He would take in information, he listened, and he would always look for other options. At the same time, he would talk to the players constantly.

"I think him being at Manchester City was fantastic, but this had to happen. He had to fly the nest, and Arsenal is an amazing club. Unfortunately, he didn't join a club that I love in Everton with all the speculation, but at Arsenal he's doing an amazing job.

"He has the attributes to first change the culture, what the club is about and the brand of football, and you can already see how the players are taking to that. It will take time as at City he was flying, but I'm looking forward to seeing how he'll flourish because he's there for the long-term."

Arteta netted 16 times in 150 appearances for the Gunners prior to his retirement in 2016.

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