Ex-Rangers star Mikel Arteta will manage Arsenal for the 100th time against Watford on Sunday.

Arteta, who is always warmly received by Rangers supporters due to his two-year stint at the club, has slowly turned the corner at Arsenal after a poor start.

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Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal poses with the trophy after the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea.(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Many were calling for his head after a terrible start to the season. However, results have been steadily improving and a certain degree of pressure has been lifted off the Spaniard’s shoulders.

He has already won the FA Cup with the team and the challenge now is to build a squad ready for the next step.


“An incredible but quick journey, “said Arteta to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s match.

“I’m really enjoying the opportunity and the challenges that we have ahead.

“It’s about momentum and trying to pick it up and central to those foundations that we want to give us performances and results.”

Arteta is fondly remembered by Rangers fans as the man who scored the title-winning goal against Dunfermline in 2003. This secured the club’s 50th league title.

Ex-Rangers star Mikel Arteta in action against Celtic in 2003. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

He remained at the club for two years, although his second season was nowhere near as successful as the first. He was sold to Real Sociedad in 2004 before embarking on an impressive Premier League career with both Everton and Arsenal.

The Spaniard has got all the attributes to take Arsenal back to the top of English football and his journey to this 100th match may just be the beginning.

Have a look at the Rangers fans’ reactions to when Arteta joined Arsenal.

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