Arteta ready for 'strange' meeting against Everton
Arteta ready for 'strange' meeting against Everton

Arteta ready for 'strange' meeting against Everton

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is ready for a 'strange' meeting when he leads Arsenal against his former side Everton in an English Premier League match at the Emirates. 

The Spaniard spent seven years at the Merseyside club before moving to London with Arsenal, and will now lead them in search of important Premier League points.

The former midfielder says it will be strange to face his former side, but is looking forward to a meeting with Carlo Ancelotti. 

"It's going to be strange," he said as quoted by the club's official website. 

"I played there for seven years and I have some great memories and great friends and people that I love a lot. It was weird because when I was appointed manager I had to go to Goodison and Carlo as well was appointed on that day if I'm not wrong. But yes, it's always special for me to play against Everton and I'm really looking forward to it," he added. 

The two managers were appointed on the same day in December and attended the match at Goodison Park between the two sides, which ended in a goalless draw. 

Arsenal have a chance of pushing for a top-four finish, and a win against the Toffees will immensely boost their hopes. 

They are currently 11th on the standings, two points off 10th placed Everton, and could move into the top half with a win. 

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