Mikel Arteta says he hasn’t spoken to Arsene Wenger in the build-up to the FA Cup final at Wembley tomorrow, but says he’s been in touch in recent times and that speaking to the former manager helps bring him a sense of calm.
The Frenchman was famously not one for ranting and raving, and his vast experience as a manager is something the new boss has learned from as he begins his managerial career.
He’s hoping to follow in Wenger’s footsteps as an FA Cup winning manager, while adding to the cups he won as a player in 2014 and 2015.
Asked if he’d spoken recently to the now Head of Global Development at FIFA, Arteta said, “I’ve been in touch over the last few months a few times with him but not before the final.
“It’s great to have him on board and he gives me great advice. Just talking to him, you know? He has such a knowledge.
“He’s such an intelligent person, just knowing that he’s there and he’s going to be supporting us and supporting me, it makes me feel calmer.
“You can talk about anything with him and you can take the book out and make some notes!”
Hopefully he has some notes on beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, something we did twice under Wenger: 2-0 in 2002 when Freddie Ljungberg left John Terry flat on his face to add to Ray Parlour’s goal; and in 2017 when Per Mertesacker stole the show and Aaron Ramsey scored another cup final winner.
Those came on top of 2-0 win over Newcastle in 1998; a 1-0 victory over Southampton in 2003; beating Man Utd on penalties in 2005; that crazy 3-2 defeat of Hull in 2014 to break the trophy drought; and our 4-0 smashing of Aston Villa and Tim Sherwood in 2015.