Mikel Arteta’s assistant Steve Round has backed the Spaniard to be ‘one of the very, very best’ and says he’s enjoying his time at Arsenal.

Round, who coached Arteta when he was at Everton, jumped at the chance to move to the Emirates in December adding the Gunners to an impressive CV that also includes stints with England, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Derby, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

After a hectic first three months in charge, the 49-year-old, like the rest of the players and staff, is coming to terms with life under lockdown. With time to reflect, he’s pleased with the way things were going before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a stand still.

“I’m really enjoying it,” he told the Hartlepool Mail.

“It’s a fantastic club with a top manager. Hopefully, we have turned the corner and we are starting to move forward.

“We’d got some momentum going, obviously it’s all been put on hold now and we’re just waiting to see what happens.

“It’s a brilliant club and I’m delighted to work for the manager who I think has got the potential to be one of the very, very best.”

It’s great to hear such positivity coming out of the camp during such difficult times. Last week, Arteta spoke in glowing terms about the way his team are handling the current hiatus and revealed they had been set fitness plans and tactical homework.

Whether they are expected to continue following both when another delay to the season is confirmed remains to be seen.