By Mike Slater

14th Jul, 2021 | 8:30am

Mikel Arteta wanted full Ibrox for Arsenal v Rangers

Mikel Arteta will return to Ibrox for the first time since he left Rangers this weekend as pre-season continues in Glasgow.

The Spaniard is in Scotland with his Arsenal side and will take on Steven Gerrard once again, just like the old days.

Arteta will be hoping for a better result than last night though, as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Hibernian.

Speaking to Sky Sports after that defeat, Arteta was questioned on the mighty Bears and the upcoming showdown.

“Very much, so special,” he said.

“I haven’t been back at Ibrox since I left, so it’s going to be really special. It’s a shame that we’re not going to have a big crowd.

“It will be a special day for me.”


Arteta will know that this will be an even harder task than the one he faced at Hibernian last night at Easter Road.

There should be some fans in the stands at Ibrox, but it would be nothing like a full stadium creating that hostile environment for a Premier League side.

This fixture could have happened last season, with Arsenal being the ones to knock Slavia Praha out of the Europa League.

Gerrard will be demanding a huge response from his side, especially after that defeat against Tranmere last weekend.

Missing numerous clear-cut chances and shipping in easy goals is something we aren’t accustomed to, and it will end badly if we do the same against the Gunners.

It may not be a full Ibrox for Arteta and the big pre-season showdown, but it will still be amazing to have the Spaniard back where it began for him in Britain.

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