LAURA WOODS has revealed she sat next to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta at dinner on Tuesday.
The talkSPORT presenter and Gunners fan attended an event in the Emirates where she chatted with Arteta over dinner.
While Woodsy loves the Spaniard’s work in North London, Arsenal didn’t really come up in their conversation.
Instead, the duo chatted about two other sports.
Speaking of her night out with co-host Ally McCoist, Woods said, “I was at the Diamond Club. In the Emirates they have this event for Diamond Club and Box holders.
“Mikel Arteta was there, Edu was supposed to be there but couldn’t make it. Vinai Venkatesham was there too.
“It was very cool. Before heading to the event with the Diamond Club members, you can sit down and have a private dinner with everyone.
“I got to sit next to Mikel Arteta. It was very cool.”
When McCoist asked her about Arteta’s table manners, she replied, “Extraordinary. Speaking of table manners, mine aren’t.
“What do you think we talked about?”
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McCoist, 60, guessed logically: “Arsenal?”
But he was wrong as Woodsy revealed: “No, not at dinner. After all, we did it later at the event.
“We talked about boxing and darts. I said, ‘Have you been there before?’ He said no and I said here’s my tip.
“Go in disguise and nobody will know who you are, and you can go straight to the pits and enjoy it.”
Woods then gushed about Arteta’s positive impact on her beloved club, adding: “The event was amazing. He was wonderful and very personable.
“You know how sometimes managers get asked the same questions in press conferences and in the media and they want to get through and have a certain way of addressing the media.
“That’s what managers do, but last night he was totally relaxed. I can understand why he has such a positive impact on the players and everyone around him.
“He’s very inspirational and has spoken a lot about the end of the season and what they have to do. He’s literally just win, win, win.
“We talked about the women’s team and the tickets and all that.”
Arteta, 41, also had plenty of positive things to say about former teammate Jack Wilshere.
After retiring from active football last year, Wilshere took up a new job as Arsenal U18 manager.
Woods added, “We also talked about Jack Wilshere. Jack is there with the youth team and took them to the FA Youth Cup final.
“I asked him about Jack’s qualities and if he saw him as a coach in the future. He was smitten with Jack.”