Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed the best player he has even been on the same team as.
The Gunners manager enjoyed a playing career that spanned 16 seasons, scoring 74 goals in over 500 appearances from midfield.
This included spells at Everton and the north London side, winning two FA Cups at the Emirates Stadium.
It saw Arteta share the pitch with players such as Tim Cahill and Ross Barkley at Goodison Park as well as Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla at Arsenal.
But the Gunners boss admitted that his best team-mate was during his two years at PSG between 2000 and 2002, when he shared the pitch with Ronaldinho.
When asked on Sky Sports about the Brazilian – who scored 25 goals in 77 appearances before moving to Barcelona – Arteta said: “Yes.
“He is the one player I have seen that can change a football club.
“He did it in Paris and then he did it in Barcelona when they had one of the worst periods in their history.
“His charisma, his way of smiling and transmitting incredible energy, everything about him was incredible.
“We were all saying ‘what is he doing here, he should be at Barcelona’.
“It was a joy to play alongside him at 18 and 19.”
Ronaldinho went on to win two La Liga titles at Barcelona, as well as the Champions League in 2006 against Arteta’s current side.
The 38-year-old learnt his coaching techniques under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, helping them win two Premier League titles before moving back to north London last December.
And the Spaniard was full of praise for his compatriot, adding: “Working alongside him was an incredible journey.
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“Behind the coach is the man, how he deals with every situation and how much cares about the people he works alongside.
“He was educated by Johan Cruyff – you can see that – but he is very brave with his decisions.
“He also has incredible people around him to develop what he had in his incredible brain.”
Arteta will come up against his former teacher this weekend when Arsenal travel to City on Saturday.
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