Arsenal vs Bayern: Leroy Sane Gives Mikel Arteta the Ultimate Compliment Ahead of Clash

Arsenal vs Bayern: Leroy Sane Gives Mikel Arteta the Ultimate Compliment Ahead of Clash

Rene Otinga
updated at April 9, 2024 at 7:14 AM
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  • Leroy Sane hailed Mikel Arteta as a person who helped him develop as a player
  • The two worked together when Arteta was assistant boss at Manchester City
  • They will now face each other as rivals in the Champions League on Tuesday, April 9

Leroy Sane had a message to his former boss Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The winger has recovered from a groin injury and is likely to feature in the clash on Tuesday, April 9.

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Kyle Walker, Pep Guardiola, Leroy Sane, and coach Mikel Arteta attend a training session at City Football Academy in Manchester, north west England on September 18, 2018, Photo: OLI SCARFF.
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Ahead of the game, Sane expressed his delight in potentially meeting Arteta again, years after the pair worked together at Manchester City.

The 27-year-old feels the Spaniard played a huge role in his development as a football player.

‘It was great. I was really pleased to work with him because he helped me a lot at Manchester City,’ Sane told a press conference on Monday, as quoted by Metro.
‘We had a lot of individual talk about how I can improve my game. What are my weaknesses and strengths.
‘Through him I made quick, huge improvements because of the ideas he gave to me. I still keep them in my mind. If it’s about positioning, how I have to behave in certain situation, so I’m pleased for that.’

Sane’s time at Manchester City

Sane joined Manchester City in 2016 as a promising youngster from Schalke and thrived under Pep Guardiola for four years before leaving for Bayern in 2020.

The winger, who has been capped 59 times for Germany had a hand in 84 goals in 135 games, according to Transfermarkt.

His form has been consistent at Bayern, where he has made 170 appearances for the Bavarians, scoring 47 goals and laying off 49 assists.

Bayern go into the game against Arsenal as slight underdogs for the first time, as Thomas Tuchel’s side looks to salvage their season with European glory.

The Bavarians’ pursuit of a 12th successive Bundesliga title is effectively over after their defeat to Heidenheim over the weekend, while Arsenal goes into the tie beaming with confidence from a 13-game unbeaten run across all competitions.

Gabriel Jesus praises Harry Kane

Sports Brief also reported on Gabriel Jesus’ bold sentiments in the build-up to the Bayern clash as he paid Harry Kane the ultimate compliment.

Jesus said it was unfair for fans and pundits to compare his stats to Kane’s, since the Brazilian primarily played on the flanks.

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