Mikel Arteta told to copy Celtic transfer at Arsenal by former Hoop Tony Cascarino

By Connor Gordon

December 19, 2019

Former Celtic man Tony Cascarino thinks Mikel Arteta should copy one of his transfers.

The ex-Rangers star is close to becoming boss at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking.

Cascarino believes that Arteta must act fast to get rid of the deadwood in the squad. One method he suggests is replicating the way the Irish international joined the Hoops in the 90s.

Former Celtic striker Tony Cascarino on Mikael Arteta

The 57-year-old only spent a year in Glasgow’s east end before going back down south to Chelsea.

However, Cascarino is fondly remembered by some of the Hoops faithful.

Tony Cascarino during his one year stint at Celtic in 1991/92 (Photo by Allsport UK /Allsport)

It appears Cascarino still has the Celts in the mind too going on his latest piece for The Times on Arteta.

He said: “I remember when Ron Atkinson came into Aston Villa, he said to me immediately: ‘I have agreed a fee with Celtic for you.’

“That is how Arteta should approach it, starting with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz, Mesut Özil and Shkodran Mustafi.”

Arteta has a big job on his hands to turn the fortunes of the north London side. However, going in all guns blazing as Cascarino suggests is a bit too forward.

Mikel Arteta is close to joining Arsenal as boss. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The move to Celtic was hardly a successful one either with four goals in 18 appearances between 1991-92.

Former Hoops star should be encouraged by Spaniard move

One man who will be happy if Arteta picks up the Arsenal job is Kieran Tierney.

The left-back joined the club in the summer for a reported record £25 million. However, injuries have kept him from getting an extended run in the team.

Kieran Tierney playing for Arsenal this season. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Tierney will be delighting with Arteta having come from a Scottish background with Rangers. There is no doubt that the Spaniard would still be keeping updated with the Scottish leagues while Tierney was with the Hoops.

Arteta will be more familiar than a lot of others about Tierney’s natural ability. In the talk of getting rid of players, Tierney should be safe from Arteta’s chop should it happen to his teammates.