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Watford coach Claudio Ranieri praises Mikel Arteta for turning Arsenal’s fortunes

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

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


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Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has praised 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 for the Gunners and Ranieri, entering his 1,198th game as a manager, has been impressed with the team the Spaniard has built.

“I think he (Arteta) has built a very good team,” Ranieri said. They are playing very well.

Claudio Ranieri praised Mikel Arteta ahead of Spaniard's 100th match as Arsenal manager

Claudio Ranieri praised Mikel Arteta ahead of Spaniard’s 100th match as Arsenal manager

Watford manager Ranieri has been impressed with the style in which Arteta's Arsenal play.

Watford manager Ranieri has been impressed with the style in which Arteta's Arsenal play.

Watford manager Ranieri has been impressed with the style in which Arteta’s Arsenal play.

“They play very direct football, but when they have time to start a counterattack it’s fantastic to watch, it’s very fast.

“They play fantastic football. Congratulations to Arteta for that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You always have to have a high level of respect because whoever works in football must have the maximum respect because it is not easy.”

Watford ranks 16th and could move up to 13th with a win at the Emirates, while host Arsenal could overtake Manchester United to fifth, despite starting the season with three consecutive league losses.

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

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