Lauren predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League under incoming manager Mikel Arteta

first_imgLauren predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League under incoming manager Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisement Man City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is expected to take over at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lauren has backed the Gunners to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season under incoming manager Mikel Arteta.The Gunners have won just five of their 17 league fixtures so far this term to sit tenth in the table – seven points below the top-four – ahead of Saturday’s clash with Everton.But Arsenal hero Lauren insists his former club are capable of climbing up the table under Arteta, who is expected to be unveiled as the new manager this week. Lauren has talked up Arsenal’s top-four hopes (Picture: Getty)Former Gunners midfielder Arteta has flourished as Pep Guardiola’s assistant since 2016, helping Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLauren told 888sport: ‘Arteta has been an important figure for Arsenal. The captain.‘He played a lot of good football for us and I wish him all the best if the appointment happens. I hope he can get Arsenal back to winning ways.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are many points still to play for until the end of the season.‘It’s not easy because the position right now is not the best but with the many, many points left there is a possibility of top four for sure. I believe they can make it. Why not?’One of the few positives for Arsenal this season has been the emergence of Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli, who has scored eight goals in 16 appearances for the first-team.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 2:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link38Shares Oxford v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:16FullscreenOxford v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Lauren has been impressed by the teenager’s performances and says Arsenal fans should be buoyed by his progress at the Emirates.‘Martinelli shows personality. He shows character,’ Lauren added.‘Arsenal fans should be optimistic because the youngsters are coming up and showing a lot of quality and also a lot of ambition. Martinelli takes on players and he has that kind of hunger that we need.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘This guy has a lot of quality, he is quick, and most importantly he has the mentality to be fighting for everything.‘That is very important for a youngster to have that. They might have the technical ability but they also need the mentality and ambition to win things. I like him.’On Saturday, Arsenal face an Everton team who are still only three points above the relegation zone despite their revival under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson.Read the full 888sport interview with Lauren here.MORE: Arsenal target Sevilla ace Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signingMORE: Incoming Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told to sell five players by Tony Cascarinolast_img

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