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Arsenal boss Arteta admits admiration for Aston Villa rival Smith

Mikel Arteta has hailed counterpart Dean Smith ahead of Arsenal's clash with Aston Villa on Friday.

The Spaniard says Smith has done a 'really good job' with his Villa side.

"I really like him first of all as a person," Arteta told reporters.

"Everything I've heard from him is really, really positive.

"He's building a team, and a club with different ambitions, and credit to him and to the owners obviously for giving him the time and the credit to do that. He's doing a really good job."


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