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Arsenal boss Arteta expects Bournemouth test; admits Parker admiration

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta expects a tough test against Bournemouth.

Speaking today, Arteta admitted his admiration for Bournemouth counterpart Scott Parker and his style of play.

He said, "That will be a really tough match. I played there many times, I know how tough it is, I expect the atmosphere to be hectic there. It's a team that is used to winning because last year they had a really good season and they've started the season well. I know the squad very well as well and I know they're going to make a really difficult game for us.

"I think it's a good mixture between what Bournemouth used to do and what Scott is as a manager. They have evolved the team in a really positive way with a very clear identity as well and they execute that against any opponent. Credit to them for what they do.

"I always admired him as a player, with his character and I know him personally really well. I'm really happy for him. The way he presents himself, they way he wants to play this game I think it's great to have managers who are going to play in the way that he wants to do it. I wish him the best of luck apart from tomorrow."



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