Arteta backed to bring glory days back to Arsenal by former Gunners team-mate

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Mikel Arteta has been tipped to bring the glory days back to Arsenal by former Gunners defender Bacary Sagna.

The Frenchman, who made over 200 appearances for the club and shared a dressing room with Arteta during his days at the Emirates, reckons the Spanish chief has what it takes to make Arsenal a force in English football again.

"I think Arteta is doing an amazing, amazing job at Arsenal – but I’m not surprised at all," Sagna said. "Of course, when you become a coach you have some stick, you have hard times. Arteta has had his hard times – and he’s going to have more – but he’s already shown that he has the mental strength to stick to his principles.

"He’s stuck to his young players even when criticism was high and now we’re seeing the benefits. He never changed his mindset and the way he wants the team to play. I’m not surprised to see him succeeding."

Sagna says he believes that good times are on the horizon given the amount of young players – such as Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Bukayo Saka – now making up the spine of the side.

"I am really excited about the future of this Arsenal team," he added. "I would love to know what the team will become.

"I still believe it’s too early for them to be champions, not that it’s not possible, but they need to get more experience of playing together. But I believe that this is a very good squad and I think they can be very successful in the near future.

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"Arsenal are now in the rebuilding process. They are getting there slowly, but we have to be patient."

Arsenal are still firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish with just five games left to play, despite suffering disappointing defeats to Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton earlier in April.

The north Londoners bounced back following impressive recent victories over Chelsea and Manchester United and now find themselves just six points off third place.

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