Coach Mikel Arteta mentioned senior Pep Guardiola after he and Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on August 1.
“He played an important role in the development of my coaching career,” said Arteta after winning the FA Cup – his first trophy in his career. “I am grateful for him. Without him, I would not be here today. I have to thank him very much.”
Arteta won his first title with Arsenal at Wembley. Photo: FM.
Arteta worked as an assistant to Guardiola at Man City for three years, winning eight domestic titles of all kinds. When the former team fired Unai Emery in the middle of this season, he accepted to return and became the first coach to win the title with Arsenal in the first season of leadership, since George Graham in 1986-1987.
In the match against Chelsea at Wembley, Arsenal were ahead but won thanks to two goals from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They therefore won the FA Cup for the 14th time – the record of the tournament, and also won tickets to the Europa League. The first season of Arteta, therefore, is still considered a success even though it is only ranked eighth in the Premier League.
“I think this is the best moment from the beginning of my career,” Coach Arteta continued. “We have overcome many difficulties. I have one goal, that is to make the players and the coaching staff believe we can be successful. When I see changes in the dressing room, I am very self-centered. I fully understand the team’s aspirations, I also know what challenges I am facing when I come here I want to enjoy my first championship. great”.
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Arteta’s first trophy is expected to be a springboard to help him develop his coaching career at Arsenal, where he played for five seasons before leaving his football career. “I could write a book about my time at this team,” he said. “Every day here if you bring a different experience. I am fortunate that the people around me always support me in every decision. When you sit in this chair, you see how great your own responsibility is. Come on “.