Arteta: I’m so proud to represent these players and this club

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Mikel Arteta couldn’t hide his pride after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to seal the 2020 FA Cup; his first silverware as a coach and our 14th success in the competition.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Gunners hero on the day, scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s early opener and then dinking a winner over Willy Caballero on 67 minutes.

After the match, Arteta praised the attitude of his players and reiterated just how important a win it was.

Here’s what he said when he faced the BBC cameras…

On the performance…

We went behind but reacted straight away, we probably played the best 30 minutes [of football] since I arrived. We equalised, we got the goal and we generated belief. In the second half, we talked about being so close to winning this trophy. Everybody worked so incredibly hard. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.

On qualifying for Europe…

It’s a double reward for us, it’s really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We’ve done it through this competition, winning it. It’s part of our history, that’s 14 now. We all contributed, we all did it. I’m so happy.

On Aubameyang…

He knows what I think about him, I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay. It’s about getting the deal done. I think moments like that will help him to realise and to believe that we are on the right path. He’s a big part of it, he’s loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully, he can continue with us. I think he will.

On the Community Shield being in 28 days time…

Give me a break! We’ve played every two and a half days, you can see the injuries that are happening during the games. The players were completely knackered. They made a massive effort to be fit through the coronavirus [lockdown] and when you work so hard you get your reward. I’m so happy for them.

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truj

He can manage The Arsenal for 35 years.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts

In Arteta we trust.

Johnny 4 Hats

Saka is incredible. Auba sublime. Martinez a revelation. Ceballos something special. Tierney just a legend.

But Mikel Arteta is the most valuable commodity at this club. Give him a massive contract and a massive war chest and let’s see how far this special individual can take us.

Johnny 4 Hats

The difference between an Arteta Arsenal and an Emery Arsenal.

When we went a goal down in a final, we just pushed harder. We never looked phased. We trusted ourselves. That Emery team has all the same players. But Mikel instils something in these players and has turned them from work shy losers to timeless heroes.

Thanks you Mikel!

iGooner

You said it well my dude. UP THE ARSE!

Futsboller

And didn’t we, in a sense, despite the Premier League final standings, finish above Totteringham today with respect to European placement and the stocking of the trophy cabinet?

Pablo Abimku

Nicely put, that is the biggest joy.

Petit's Handbag

I wanna sit beside you next game

Buteo

haven’t felt this happy for a long time….
Congrats everyone!

Once a gunner

Saka as not reach puberty yet but has started collecting trophies while Mr Kean in Sp*rs still looking for first in his career

Appearances

“I’m so proud to represent these players and this club”.

Says it all.

Adrian

And we are proud of you. I have belief, you will get our golden days back.

Tomaury Bischfeld

Find someone who looks after your club the way they look after their own hair.

Kinghenrythe14th

Pulis? No? Oh, never mind

Appels&Pere

Hallelujah!!!!

PxN

They ‘fourth’ well, but ‘eight’ thru their defense

Pakgooner

MIKEL IS THE MAN!

PxN

They ‘fourth’ well, but we ‘eight’ thru their defense

Saurabh

How Arsenal board interviewed Emery and Arteta and then chose Emery, i will never know..

PxN

I doubt they talked to Arteta, or he told them he’s not ready

Anonymarse

Presumably they didn’t speak to Emery in English

eddymc2

Emery is very good at presentation apparently (remember all the stuff about dossiers on our whole squad?), and at the time he seemed a much safer choice.

Steve Morpurgo

Fear of a new manager v’s a so called experienced one. I never wanted Emery, i always wanted Arteta.
When a manager of the stature of Pep says, Mikel will be a great manager, then Mikel will do for me…

Public Elneny

How long is his contract?

Mentalista

Yes.

Bryan!

How about…14 years?

EZD

Another 3 years

Gbenga

28 days is just a short time for them to rest but, hey, who can we blame for this? Nobody. Anyways, enjoy your day with your teammates and your families.

Thanks for the birthday present.

Chidi

Happy birthday

Gbenga

Man thanks…another 9ja gunner in da building

Monsieur Bellerin

Blame China!

Gbenga

hmmm..let’s blame our careless attidude as human beings

MarkG

Happy Birthday!

Gbenga

Thanks man….the best birthday have had in years….This year has been the best in my life so far…so many good things happening right now…woow

MarkG

Great to hear. And long may to it continue whoever and wherever you are.

Bryan!

Think/hope to see a LOT of academy players in the Community Shield.

Artetas Assistant

Can’t imagine being you right now! Happy morherfucking birthday!😃😃

Gbenga

Tell Arteta we fucking believe in him and his plans…Wenger 2.0

Artetas Assistant

He knows…

Teryima Adi

Congrats, Bro. Best wishes 🙏

Ben EagerBeaver

Birthday blessings my Naija Gunner!

Benriz

Happy Birthday! It’s mine on Monday!

Der32

Just like to add that this is justice for the game vs Chelsea last December, one of Arteta’s first games in charge. Jorgino should have seen a second yellow then and the ref somehow denied it. I don’t mind justice being done in this final. COYG!

Gbenga

Not one of BUT Arteta first game in charge.
To add to it, we played 3 times this season, won one apiece and drew one but as the adage says…He who laugh last laugh hardest

Der32

Spot on mate, spot on. Poetic justice indeed then.

Gbenga

Yes…justice indeed.

GoonerNJ

Mikel, you beautiful man! Very happy that you’re our manager!

JamesGodwinson

Good job Arteta! Good job!

assistantref

He also said earlier that he had had a conversation with Auba and was convinced he wanted to stay. Emotions run high at a moment like this, so who knows once heads cool down…but I really hope he’s right.

Sank

Arteta is already a legend

God please bring glory to him and in turn to our beloved Arsenal.

We just defeated Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea in a period of 15 days.

Hope we continue this form next season

Kostas

He is special.

Teryima Adi

We go for the bigger scalps.

Lan

We also need to remember how he came in as a player in 2011 and steadied the ship at a time of turmoil. He’s pretty much done the same as a manager. Onwards and upwards!

shokim

We’re so proud to have you too, Auba. Now sign da ting!

Frank Bascombe

Good Old Arsenal

SarcasmB0t

Atta boy!
Mikel knows.

karl

I think I can finally get over Jorginho cheating us at the Emirate earlier in the year:-) Great to see them suffer some dodgy decisions!

Appearances

Thumbs up, but nothing dodgy in the decisions tbf.

FabulousFabregas

We did hit him with the ball in his nuts too once 😂 thats some revenge

BongoGooner

So happy for him

weebgooner

I am amazed by his passion when he explains tactics during water break.
Hope he will lead us for more trophies.

Jean Ralphio

What a whirlwind of a season. We really needed this and now we need the club to invest. So happy for Martinez and all the players. COYG!

Kostas

I am a grown up man with two kids.
When Auba scored the second I Cried like my newborn

Adam

Wife will be getting the best 2 minutes of her life tonight ⚽️😈

Futsboller

No extra time in that contest?

Goonertic

😂

MarkG

I might be the odd one out here but I, for one, am fucking delighted.

Love to all my fellow Arsebloggers and to Andrew and the team. We deserve this. Come on The Arsenal!

Artetas Assistant

Love right back virtual buddy 🍺 🍻 🍺

Bri Rook

MARTINEZ …LOVE THIS GUY. PULLS ON THE SHIRT WITH SO MUCH PRIDE . A BENCHMARK FOR ALL ARSENAL PLAYERS .COYG

Lan

Absolutely buzzing! So desperate to see this man succeed at this club. Hope he gets the required backing.

The Mighty Bun

That was just beautiful from everyone. I think Leon’s got a job on his hands getting his starting spot back

Guendouzi Oueddei

Half a season and wins a cup. He’s going to be a great manager we need to start respecting him and allow him to work. As for the board they need to back him, we need a massive clear out and very good new signings for next season. #coyg

Teryima Adi

He is our Mikel Arteta and out Emerick Aubameyang.

Teryima Adi

And our***

Gooner89

Top Top – amazing

Edengu Julius

Arteta our Man…. We are proud to be with you Mikel.. We pray for de same team work next season so that we improve
Thanks very much

G Bird

So proud of the boys. Arteta is a perfect fit for us. Proper backing in the transfer market (not Coutinho/Willian types) but young up and coming talents and we can start to kick some serious arse

La Défense

All Hail LEGO Hair!

Urs Seiler

Goodness me, cup win and now Charity Shield and we proved we can beat them all. I don’t believe my eyes.

Bob

From Good Ebening to this, we’ve come a long way.

Enniemdez

I don’t know how to express my happiness right now congrats Gunners, am very proud of you guyz, Europa here we come, Mikel go my man go

Marcus Reid

I am wearing my ARSENAL top to work tomorrow. My man of the match was EVERYONE

Arsenalnut

Arteta, the Non-Negotiable One is a fisher of lost players. He’s starting to get the best out of Pepe, who seemed a lost cause. He’s helped Xhaka come back from the edge, no the bottom, of a cliff. He can get at the good David Luiz more often than the inexplicably awful David Luiz. He helped a truly terrible Mustafi redeem himself. Under Arteta, our 2nd string keeper became a monster. Let’s not forget AMN. He’s leaving because right back isn’t his thing? Wrong, left wing back/left back doesn’t matter. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play. How about… Read more »

MontrealGooner

I know its easy to get carried away after winning a trophy, but I really love the way Arteta has changed the mentality of this squad. It’s still a work in progress, but the way he challenges players is really encouraging. Yesterday, Ceballos and AMN really were standout players for me. Arteta challenged both at the beginning of his tenure, and they responded.

Biggles

It was a great win yesterday, no doubt at all – a real gutsy performance that was missing in the Europa League final last season for example. Let’s please not get too carried away though. Remember, if we had lost yesterday – by n o means an impossible scenario – we would have been out of European competition completely, on top of the worst league placing for 25 years! Also, we won three FA Cups in four years recently but it didn’t stop our relative decline. We’ve had years of slowly falling further behind other so called “top” teams, so… Read more »