Premier League legend says he would’ve hated to play for Mikel Arteta

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Mikel Arteta has certainly divided opinion since returning to the Emirates. Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has admitted that he would have “hated” playing for Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta. This comes despite the manager transforming the Gunners. In nearly five years at the Emirates, Arteta has taken Arsenal from underperformers to Premier League title contenders, but failed to win everyone over in the process.

Arteta’s desire to have control across the pitch has ensured that Arsenal are able to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City. However, that style of management may not suit every player. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clashed with the Spanish boss before departing north London.

Shearer would’ve struggled under Arteta

Shearer played under greats such as Sir Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish across his glittering career. But he insisted that they were all very different to Arteta and he would have struggled to adapt to the Arsenal head coach.

Shearer wrote for The Athletic: “I never worked under an Arteta kind of manager. Someone manically cajoling, telling you exactly where to stand or exactly what to do.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that if you’re a good player, then you know that stuff anyway. If I felt I needed to drift out to the right wing or the left wing or even drop deep, I would do it myself. And as a captain, I felt I had the authority to tell my fellow players to do something. If it needed saying, I would say it.

“Not everybody is like that, though, some footballers are brighter than others. Some are needier than others. Some are more effective when they are given precise instructions and are forced to stick to them. Shouting, repeating, shouting again and reiterating straightforward messages might be the best way to get through.”

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