21 December 2019 00:40
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from mirror - Arsenal FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Mauricio Pochettino reckons Mikel Arteta is going to hit the ground running at Arsenal. The former Tottenham boss has been out of management since being sacked by Spurs earlier in the season, but has been linked with a number of top jobs, including the Arsenal one. Arteta has now filled the position, and Pochettino believes the Gunners have made a good decision. "Yes of course, he's going to be [a success]," the Argentine told Sky Sports. "He's top, a top personality, character.
I think he has the qualities to be one of the best." He added: "He was very young when I played with him at Paris Saint-Germain, he was 17 years old when he arrived and he was brilliant." (Image: Getty Images) Arteta spoke to the press for the first time as Arsenal boss on Friday, after agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with the north London club. On returning to manage the club he represented as a player, he said: "Yeah. It was strange. It's been four or five years ago in a different role and a different position, but it was always a dream for me on the day I left, and I made a decision to leave this football club. (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images) "I said to the people that I am going outside, I'm going to learn, I am going to get prepared and hopefully one day I can come back here when I feel that I am ready to make that step.
"I have so much respect for this football club that if I didn't feel that I am ready, I am prepared for this, then I wouldn't be sitting in this chair." MIKEL ARTETA is reportedly already making plans to add to the Gunners' beleaguered squad. The North London giants have recently been credited with an interest in Sevilla's 17-year-old wonderkid Antonio Zarzana. 4 Antonio Zarzana is being linked with a move to Arsenal Arsenal, along with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool, have been tracking the midfielder's progress, as he continues to impress at youth level for Spain's U17 side, and with Sevilla's reserves. And having Arteta as his mentor might just swing the vote for Zarzana, who could see the Premier League side as the perfect place to continue his development. Arteta has been announced the new permanent manager at Arsenal, who sacked Unai Emery earlier this month. And reports from Spain say Arsenal have already opened negotiations with the La Liga club. SIMILAR TO DAVID SILVA Zarzana has been compared to seasoned Man City playmaker David Silva, who Arteta has worked closely with in training as Pep Guardiola's right-hand man with the league champions. A natural attacking midfielder, the 5ft 7in star is predominantly left-footed, and is blessed with the attributes needed to thrive at the highest level. An eye for a pass, pace and acceleration, the ability to ghost past opponents, as well as being a threat at set pieces make Zarzana a constant thorn in the side for the opposition. And just like Silva, he has the necessary work rate to be a top player in years to come. DISCOVERED AT EIGHT Zarzana was discovered by Sevilla's youth team coordinator Pablo Blanco, a man who played 342 times for the club, at the age of eight. Blanco was immediately struck by the prodigy's close control and comfortability on the ball, and Sevilla snapped him up before Real Madrid or Barcelona got there first. 4 Last year, Zarzana signed his first pro contract with Sevilla Credit: Instagram @_zarzana Last year, aged just 16, Zarzana made his bow for Sevilla B in the Segunda Division against CD Numancia. But he won't let his rapid rise go to his head. "My family always tells me to keep my feet on the ground," Zarzana told Marca back in June. "Daily hard work is the key, praise is good but it can influence you in a negative way. "To say that I made my debut at the age of 16 is something that I will always be hugely grateful and thankful for. "I was a bit nervous before the start of the game, but as soon as I got out on the pitch I forgot about the nerves." NOT SWAYED BY BIG CLUBS CIRCLING Despite his tender years, Zarzana hasn't been swayed by the recent interest in him either. "I heard that Real Madrid had put an offer in for me last year, but I have always wanted to make my debut with the first team here," he said. 4 Zarzana has been compared to David Silva in playing style Credit: Instagram @_zarzana 4 Real Madrid wanted Zarzana to join them last year Credit: Instagram @_zarzana However, the temptation of joining a bigger club might be too much for the young boy. In a Champions Cup friendly last summer, Zarzana showed his class - and cheek - with a Panenka-style penalty in a shootout against Real Madrid. "I had been telling my teammates that I was going to score a penalty like that all week and they just laughed at me," he said. "When I stepped up to take it, I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to try it. "We did an excellent job because we were all exhausted and Real Madrid pushed us right to the end."