Mikel Arteta ‘a better coach than Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer AND Jose Mourinho’ – as Thomas Partey an

Mikel Arteta ‘a better coach than Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer AND Jose Mourinho’ – as Thomas Partey an thumbnail

Mikel Arteta is a better coach than Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… and even Jose Mourinho right now! This is according to former Arsenal player Adrian Clarke, who believes the only thing stopping the Gunners becoming Premier League heavyweights is the addition of new midfielders. Getty Images – Getty Mikel Arteta has been in charge of Arsenal for less than a year, but he’s already won two pieces of silverware – including last season’s FA Cup And those midfielders have been identified by Arteta who hopes to complete a double signing before the transfer window closes next week. Houssem Aouar, the Lyon playmaker, and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid are believed to be Arteta’s top targets for the remainder of the summer window, having already improved Arsenal’s defence with the signing of Gabriel and their attack with the arrival of Willian on a free transfer. The Gunners have to sell some of their players to raise funds for the duo, however, as Partey has a £45million release clause and Aouar is valued at around £54m. Whether these deals – both outgoing and incoming – can be completed before next Monday’s transfer deadline remains to be seen, but Clarke is confident backing Arteta in the market is all Arsenal need to challenge for the biggest honours. news Alli axed from Spurs squad again, Arteta ‘better than Mourinho’, Thiago return date LIv GOSS Mbappe makes decision, Klopp vs Keane, Thiago return date, Koulibaly unlikely revealed When Thiago will return from injury and make second Liverpool appearance goss Chelsea news live: Rudiger to Spurs and Everton in Zouma talks, Mendy debut tonight? Goss Arsenal news live: Lyon president hints at Aouar fee, argument over Liverpool display nasty Alli told ‘get your arrogance back’ by Spurs great, who questions Jose’s use of him goss Man United news live: Sarr ‘watched extensively’, Ornstein reveals Sancho surprise HYSTERIA Arsenal getting ‘tonked’ by Liverpool a reality check and Villa’s result proves it benefit The reason Leeds want Man United to sign Jadon Sancho in stunning summer transfer ROTATION Spurs to make 11 changes, Chelsea start five new signings – Carabao Cup XIs? And this is because the coach is one of the best around right now, the ex-Arsenal ace believes. “I think that the two players they’ve been linked with – Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar – are absolutely tailor-made to improve the Arsenal team,” said Clarke on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “They are stylistically the two players Arsenal need right now to go to the next level. “Because I do believe in the coach. “I think Arsenal have got a coach who is better than Lampard, better than Ole Gunner Solskjaer… who is better than Jose Mourinho right now, the version of Jose right now. “I wouldn’t swap Mikel Arteta for any of those guys, and I don’t think many Arsenal fans would. Getty Images – Getty Jose may have won 20 major honours throughout his career – but Adrian Clarke believes Arteta is a better coach right now “What he needs is the squad now to compete with those rivals, and I think the addition of two midfielders would make a massive difference.” Clarke joined talkSPORT the morning after Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the new Premier League season, going down 3-1 at Anfield as reigning champions Liverpool continued their 100 per cent start to the campaign. The Gunners took the lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Liverpool hit back with Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson netting before the break to secure the advantage. New Liverpool signing Diogo Jota rounded off the win with a debut goal two minutes from time. The two sides meet again later this week, with a Carabao Cup fourth-round clash scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm on Thursday. Watch a clip of Adrian Clarke on talkSPORT, above…,

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