Arteta eyes future managerial role

The Arsenal midfielder has worked under two of the most respected bosses in the Premier League and says he might consider taking a top job when his playing days are over
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta claims a future career in management interests him, but admits the stress and pressure that comes with the job is a deterrent.

The former Rangers man has played for two of the longest-serving Premier League managers in Everton’s David Moyes and Arsene Wenger and has picked up a taste for a leading role in club football.

"I have thought about it a lot and we will see what happens one day," Arteta told Arsenal’s official website. "It’s still early for that [decision].

"Obviously you’re starting to get a few things from different managers and players and a key thing is they can help.

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"Sometimes on the pitch as well you think about things that can be done better or in a different way, or how you play depending on if you’re winning and drawing and what the team needs to do."

One thing that may deter the Gunners’ vice-captain are the stresses and strains that come with responsibility of managing a team, something Arteta believes has got worse in recent times.

"I don’t know [if I will be a manager], it’s a big thing nowadays because it’s really demanding," he added.

"I think the job has changed a lot in the last few years - you can see the stress and the responsibility managers have. Sometimes people don’t recognise that.

"To manage a group of players nowadays with 10 or 15 different countries involved with different personalities is a difficult thing to do."

The midfielder also stressed he believes good man-management to be one of the most vital roles a manager can play.

He said: "If you have 24 players, every one is different. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen is when you treat everyone the same.

"People say ‘everyone has to be the same’ - they have to be the same in certain roles, but everyone is different. 

The way you approach someone is very important. If you shout at someone, it depends on their character - you may kill him for the next 45 minutes.

"Sometimes you need to pinch someone because you know he has the character. He can involve the rest if he pushes and raises his level in the game.

"You have to recognise those characters and I think that’s a very difficult part of football management."