Raul Sanllehi and Josh Kroenke are both hoping Mikel Arteta can get Arsenal’s season back on track after the Spaniard was appointed the club’s head coach.
Arteta becomes the 20th person in the club’s history to take on the role in a permanent capacity and does so without any experience as the main man in a dugout. That said, as we all know, he has spent three and a half seasons working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
While pleased with their appointment, Raul and Josh also took time to pay tribute to Freddie Ljungberg and Per Mertesacker for their hard work at the helm in the three weeks since Unai Emery was sacked.
“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” said Raul.
“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.
“I must also pay tribute to Freddie Ljungberg for his hard work and leadership. Together with Per Mertesacker, he has done a vital job for us in difficult circumstances. Freddie and Per are important parts of the Arsenal family and care deeply for this club.”
Josh Kroenke echoed those sentiments: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal. He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.
“I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.”