Ranieri praises Mikel Arteta for turning Arsenal's fortunes around

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri praises Mikel Arteta for turning Arsenal’s fortunes around ahead of Spaniard’s 100th game in charge: ‘They play fantastic football’

  • Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta 
  • Arteta will take charge of his 100th game in charge of the Gunners on Sunday 
  • Ranieri’s Watford are aiming to respond after their defeat to Southampton 

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has heaped praise onto Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for turning things around at the club after their difficult start to the season.

Watford’s visit to the Emirates on Sunday will be Arteta’s 100th game in charge of the Gunners and Ranieri, who will be going into his 1,198th match as a manager, has been impressed with the team that the Spaniard has built.

‘I think he (Arteta) has built a very good team,’ said Ranieri. ‘They’re playing very well.

Claudio Ranieri has praised Mikel Arteta ahead of the Spaniard’s 100th game as Arsenal boss

Watford boss Ranieri has been impressed with the style in which Arteta’s Arsenal team play

‘They play very direct football, but when they have the time to start a counterattack it is fantastic to watch, it is very fast.

‘They play fantastic football. Well done to Arteta for that.’

Ranieri has had a mixed start to life as the Hornets boss, with last weekend’s narrow loss at home to Southampton making it two losses from three matches in charge.

It looked like progress was being made under the Italian, with the 5-2 comeback win against Everton restoring hope in Watford’s battle to stay in the Premier League.

Watford face Arsenal on Sunday as they look to bounce back from losing to Southampton

But with that good work coming undone against Southampton, Ranieri says that people should be more respectful of the job that managers have to do.

‘We (managers) try to do a fantastic job, but this is not an easy job,’ said Ranieri.

‘You must always have a high-level of respect because whoever works in football, you must have maximum respect because it is not easy.’

Watford sit in 16th place and could rise to as high as 13th with a win at the Emirates, while hosts Arsenal could leapfrog Manchester United and into fifth place, despite starting the season with three consecutive losses in the league.

Francisco Sierralta and Kiko Femenia are available once again after recovering from their respective injuries, while Emmanuel Dennis returns after a one-match ban for five yellow cards.

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