Lionel Messi has joined Paris Saint-Germain. Many have shared their thoughts on the 34-year-old’s arrival to the French capital, including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who was asked about in an interview with Sky Sports the Argentine heading to France.
The Arsenal boss called the situation at FC Barcelona a sad one due to the financial crisis that’s plaguing the Spanish club, resulting in the departure of Messi.
“He’s the best ever player on the planet. He was raised in Barcelona, in a similar part to where I was,” Arteta said.
“To let him go in the way it happened is sad, but it also tells you that there is no club exempt from this financial crisis. As sad as it is, they had to be in the position to do it to save the club.”
Arteta also discussed what Messi would bring to PSG. Like many, the Spanish tactician is excited about what the former Barcelona player can do playing alongside Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé.
“Straight away, you could see yesterday, everybody in Paris, how much excitement there is going to be there,” Arteta said. “The team will be incredible, so it will be a joy to watch.”
🗣"He has been the best ever player on the planet."
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reacts to Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona and joining PSG and admits the French side will be a joy to watch this season pic.twitter.com/2eBff8c2Wj
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