• Arteta played for Moyes for six and a half years at Everton
  • ‘He has always been very supportive’, says Arsenal manager

Mikel Arteta has spoken glowingly about the impact of David Moyes on his career, rejecting any idea that the West Ham manager is out of step with the modern era.

West Ham travel to Arsenal on Saturday in a reunion for Arteta and the man under whom he spent six and a half years as a player at Everton. Moyes signed him from Real Sociedad in January 2005 and the pair have remained close, speaking regularly even in the early days of Arteta’s first managerial job at the Emirates. Although Moyes has had a mixed time since leaving Manchester United in 2014, it would be wrong to judge him on a lack of success in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, according to Arteta.

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