Frank Lampard has claimed Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone could well be perfect for Arsenal, and that the manager certainly has what it takes to do well in the Premier League.
He was speaking with Standard Sport ahead of the Europa League final, where Atleti will be competing against Marseilles after knocking out Arsenal en route to the final – and Lampard noted Simeone certainly has qualities he could bring to Arsenal.
He said: “He has really delivered at the La Liga outfit and been massively successful. Atletico are always finishing in the top four, playing in the Champions League and have a new stadium to play in, so you can see they’re going places.
“Arsenal could have benefited had they employed him. He’s a winner. He would give any team what it needs in terms of discipline and working on the defensive unit.
“I expect Atletico to have too much nous for Marseille. They are used to big occasions like this and know how to win cagey games, as most finals are. Simeone will have them set up well tactically and they have two great attacking players in Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa to make the difference up front.”
Simeone might be someone who could improve Arsenal, but the man the Gunners are looking towards seems to be Mikel Arteta, who is currently working under Pep Guardiola at Man City.
Lampard claimed he was pleased to see a young coach given the job, and that it will be something to build on for Arteta and indeed Arsenal moving forward.
He added:“I welcome the news Mikel Arteta is the favourite to become the new manager at Arsenal. It is always encouraging to see a club give a young, up-and-coming coach a chance and Arteta has got what it takes to do a fine job.
“Some will question his experience but he knows Arsenal very well from his time there as a player, while he is an intelligent man with a huge interest in tactics. He has worked under Pep Guardiola as his assistant for the last two years and that cannot be underestimated. He will have learnt so much.”