Mikel Arteta, the current Arsenal boss spoke about his first nine months at the club. He also discussed his motivation and his experience at the club in the managerial duties.
Mikel Arteta finds motivation from the fans
Mikel Arteta, who was appointed as the Gunners’ boss in 2019, was able to grab two silverwares in a small period.
This is the first team that he is in charge of in his managerial career and he has already made a huge impact in his first year.
The 38-year-old said, “The fact that we were able to win two trophies is something incredible in such a short time.”
“But what I am really pleased with is the people around me here and the support that I am finding, the energy that is created around the club now, how the fans are feeling about it all.”
“That is what gives me the motivation to try to achieve things here. That is the challenge.”
Mikel Arteta opens up on Aubameyang
Speculations of Aubameyang’s departure was there for months. Though the striker was given the captain’s armband before the manager’s arrival, the star’s future looked uncertain at the club.
The gaffer had to face a new challenge to negotiate with French striker for the contract extension.
The 38-year-old said, “When you are convinced that they want to keep somebody. It adds some pressure to the situation. But I just tried to get myself prepared and be very analytical about what I was trying to get out of the situation.”
“Then he can make the decision based on true facts.”
After months of negotiations, Aubameyang agreed for a contract extension. He signed a new three year deal with the Gunners.
The journey of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta was an Arsenal player before his retirement. Wearing the Arsenal shirt for the first time in 2011, he overall made 150 appearances across five seasons and netted 16 goals. He also captained his squad from 2014 to 2016.
The Spaniard won a couple of FA Cup titles and FA Community Shield during his time as a player at the club.
Mikel Arteta was appointed as the head coach of Arsenal in December 2019.
Towards the season end, under his guidance, Arsenal went on to win their fourth FA Cup title defeating Manchester City and the Community Shield by defeating the Premier League Champions, Liverpool.
Arsenal defeated the newly promoted Fulham in their season opener. In the next fixture, the Gunners host West Ham at the weekend clash.
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