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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