Mikel Arteta says that success and winning are things which foster an environment of togetherness, and says that teams and players can become addicted to that feeling.
His comments come ahead of this evening’s clash against Leeds United in the FA Cup, a competition the Gunners have won three times in the not too distant past.
Of course the victory over Hull in 2014 ended a nine year drought without a trophy, and the new manager believes that success helped the team win again in 2015, and an against the odds victory over Chelsea in 2017.
“For us, to lift that first FA Cup for this football club was like a massive relief that they tried to get this club again fighting to win some trophies and be there for everybody to see,” said Arteta.
“It generated a really good belief and unity around our team and that helped that group of players to achieve what they achieved later when they won other cups.
“I think winning brings togetherness and, when you have beautiful experiences together and you win trophies, then those experiences stay within that group.
“You like more the people that you work with, you believe more in them, you share some fantastic moments and that habit of winning, winning, winning.
“After you win, you don’t want to stop. You become addicts to that and that’s what we have to try to implement at this football club.”
After a punishing recent schedule, Arteta will have to find the balance between fielding a strong team to win tonight’s game, and resting some players who need to recuperate for Premier League action.