Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tribal Football, Akers said: "I am good friends with Mikel having had him there as a player and a captain, we were very close and still are.
"I texted him when he got the job to wish him well and I am glad because either Arteta or Patrick Vieira would have been my choice as coach because they know the club and its values."
However, Akers also had good words to say about his predecessor Emery who he felt faced a difficult job on his arrival at Arsenal.
Emery was sacked in November with Arsenal experiencing one of the worst starts in their history and having failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.
"I felt sorry for Unai Emery because he was very pleasant any time I met him but he had an issue with the language and it wasn't easy for him," he said.
"Mikel's appointment is a good one and he has already brought a discipline back to the club which is necessary and I think they will be on the up pretty shortly. If he is also able to bring players I think Arsenal will do well."