Arteta Is A Scholes Fan
Blues midfielder hopes to keep United man quiet.
Mikel Arteta has paid Paul Scholes a glowing tribute ahead of the Goodison Park showdown with Manchester United.
Scholes continues to defy his advancing years and has emerged as United’s most influential player in the early stages of the season.
The 35-year-old has chipped in with one goal and two assists as his side cruised to victories over Newcastle and West Ham and drew 2-2 away at Fulham.
This weekend Arteta, who could be wearing the captain’s armband if Phil Neville fails to recover from a foot injury, will attempt to stifle the veteran.
Yet the Spaniard knows that will not be easy as he feels Scholes is the complete midfielder.
“He is just brilliant,” Arteta told evertontv. “When I used to watch him when I was a younger player I always admired him a lot.
“He has all the qualities you want from a midfielder. He gets forward and scores goals, his passing is unbelievable and he is also a really humble man away from the pitch. He has been absolutely magnificent for Manchester United.
“Scholes is someone you can learn from,” Arteta added. “He makes it very difficult for you on the pitch but you always want to play against the best to see where you are and also to challenge yourself.”
Arteta also called upon Everton fans to recreate the ‘unbelievable’ atmosphere that electrified Goodison Park during last season’s 3-1 home win over United.
The Spaniard describes that game as one of his favourites. He felt the players and crowd were in unison on the day and he wants both parties to reprise their roles tomorrow.
“We need them, we need the fans behind us,” said Arteta. “They will push us, they always do and against Man United they are always unbelievable. Hopefully we can perform and fire them up a little bit as well. We played really well last time, dominated the game and got the three points. Hopefully we can repeat that.
“Last year was one of my favourite games. The crowd really loved it, they really stayed behind the team and I am really excited about Saturday.”
The Blues have collected just one point from their three Premier League games so far this season.
Arteta says that return creates a false impression of how well the team are playing and called on his teammates to simply carry on what they are doing.
“For me it is only a slow start in terms of points, but I think the performances have been good,” he said. “Maybe Blackburn was not so good but the other two games we have dominated from start to finish.
“We are frustrated and if you look at the table you are not happy with what you see. But we need to keep playing the way we are because if you play like that for 10 games then you will win six or seven, draw one or two and maybe lose one.
“We could try and change it and try and do different things, but I am convinced 100 per cent that if we carry on the way we are then we will win most games.”
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