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West Ham boss Moyes lauds Arsenal counterpart Arteta

West Ham boss David Moyes will face his former Everton skipper Mikel Arteta for the first time as a manager when the Hammers travel to Arsenal on Saturday.

"He always was a really good football player, but once he got used to the physical elements of the Premier League he developed into a really good captain, he was always a really good professional," said Moyes.

"His professionalism rubbed off on a lot of people at the time, and I was really fortunate to have people like Mikel and others around me who were really good players."

Moyes singled out Arteta as a pivotal part of his old Everton team.

He said: "Mikel gave us something different. Probably the biggest disappointment was when I had to sell him to Arsenal.

"At the time he wanted to go, Arsenal was a good move for him probably at the right time in his career but I have to say we missed him because he was an exceptional player."

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