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Mikel Arteta is a better coach than Mauricio Pochettino, claims ex-Tottenham striker

Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a better coach than Mauricio Pochettino, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent.

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs last year, six months after leading his side to the Champions League final. The 48-year-old has played a key role since taking charge of the Lilywhites.

However, Bent believes both Arteta and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers are better than ex-Spurs manager.

Asked if he considers the Argentine professional an elite manager, he told talkSPORT: “I don’t think he is.

“When I look at elite managers, I obviously look at people like [Jurgen] Klopp, [Pep] Guardiola and even [Carlo] Ancelotti from what he’s done.

“I can’t put Pochettino in that bracket. Not yet, I know he’s been at Spurs and he’s not won anything at Spurs. To elevate him all of a sudden because he got a team to a Champions League final and a League Cup final.

“That’s not world level management, for me. I think he’s good but I just don’t think he’s in that bracket. I’d put Brendan Rodgers ahead of him. I think Brendan Rodgers as a coach and a manager is absolutely superb.

“Arteta, for me, Arteta’s a better coach than Pochettino as well. You look at Spurs and what Pochettino did at Spurs and he took them to a level.

“Daniel Levy, at the end of the day, after all that great work that Poch had done, developing these players and turning Dele Alli and Harry Kane into what he did, he [Levy] still needed someone to come in and win them trophies. He felt like Pochettino could not do that.

“When I say Pochettino’s greatest achievement at Spurs, people will say ‘He got them to a Champions League final’ but is that enough? Does that automatically catapult you into that elite bracket because you took a team to a Champions League final? For me, it doesn’t.

“Arteta has gone in at Arsenal, it’s not even been a year, and look what he’s done there. He’s identified the players that he’s got, defensively they’ve not been great and he’s completely changed that around. ‘

“[He’s] gone in there and won an FA Cup, won a Community Shield and beat some of the biggest teams out there. He’s managed to find a way of getting it done.”

Arteta took charge of the Gunners last year after the club sacked Unai Emery. Since his arrival to the Emirates Stadium, the Spanish boss has made a huge impact on the team.

Source: Metro UK 

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