New Spurs boss Pochettino has a big fan in Arsenal midfield star

Mikel Arteta is a big fan of new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Mauricio Pochettino was unveiled as Tottenham head coach this week, and will hope to take the side back into the Premier League's top four.

His impressive managerial stints at Espanyol and Southampton suggest, albeit briefly, that he has the capability to do it.

One footballer who believes he has the ability to reach the very top in management is one who belongs to Pochettino's new local rivals, Arsenal.

Spaniard Mikel Arteta once played alongside the Argentine, and when discussing his own managerial aims last week, stated that he was among those who inspires him.

Also namechecking Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger, Arteta spoke fondly of Pochettino:

He told "he was my captain at PSG and I always knew he would become a manager.

"He has taken a lot of influence from Marcelo Bielsa, who was his coach with Argentina; they used to talk about things a lot, and now you can see that his teams are really aggressive, both when attacking and defending.

"He takes a lot of risks, the players enjoy playing for him, his decisions are always sound and he’s got a good personality. I’ve admired Pochettino ever since I was young; he really looked after me when I was at PSG as well."

Arteta will surely believe his old buddy has all the tools to be successful at Spurs, but from a selfish perspective, he will hope he has his share of down's as well as up's.

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