Mikel Arteta believes that the suffering that Arsenal has faced was necessary before building something incredible. Arteta won the FA Cup in his first season in charge of the club but it has all been downhill since then. They finished a lowly eighth in the league and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in more than three decades. This season got off to the worst possible start with three defeats to start the campaign. With the pressure mounting, Arsenal has won three consecutive games including two in the Premier League.
“We are in a different moment in our history,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “Every club has to go through different patches, and we went through the patch of the last 18 months with a big covid situation on the back of a lot of instability in the club in the last two or three seasons. That’s a difficult mix to suddenly turn things around and build something incredible. But I’m a big believer that this had to happen. For this club it had to happen – we had to experience this and that’s going to make us much stronger.”
“I think those foundations are in place,” he added about Arsene Wenger. “I think those foundations are in place because of people like Arsene and what he did for this football club. When he left, everything didn’t go with him. A lot of things stayed. I think the biggest thing that stayed in the way was that he was able to educate and transmit the values and respect and what this club is about.”