Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has given praise to the Gunners’ new boss as the club enters another era, starting on Thursday. 

Arsenal appeared to have a variety of options to choose from as they searched for a replacement after the departure of Unai Emery at the end of November.

In a decision which has proven to be slightly controversial due to the Spaniard’s lack of experience, the Gunners decided to name Mikel Arteta as the new manager on Friday.

The 37-year-old, who is now one of the youngest ever head coaches in the club’s long history, will be guiding his new side in a competitive affair for the first time when they face Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon.

And ahead of Arteta’s big debut at the Vitality stadium, Mauricio Pochettino, who knows the ex-midfielder very well, has praised the Gunners’ boss for being ‘clever’ enough to handle his new role.

“I wish him all the best of course. He’s a very good friend of mine, we met in Paris Saint Germain, he was very young, I was captain of Paris Saint Germain and it’ll be interesting to see him in the dug-out,” said Pochettino, as per the Mirror

“Yes, but you make me a very, very old man. I think big brother is better than like a father. I wish him all the best, he deserves big success in football.

“He is so clever, I hope he can enjoy the new position in his career in football because he’s been an assistant and now to be on the touchline as a manager, coach or head coach in this case is different. But he has experience and the knowledge to do a great job.”

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