Mikel Arteta says his sole aim when he took over at Arsenal was to make the club believe it could get back to winning titles.
226 days after he took over, the Gunners did exactly that. Defying the odds to reach the FA Cup final, Arteta’s players went behind early at Wembley but kept their composure to complete a 2-1 win over Chelsea thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace.
After winning his first silverware as a head coach, the 38-year-old reflected on the journey he’s been on since taking over in the dugout in December and thanked the fans for their support.
“It’s a great start!” he told Arsenal.com. “Thank you so much for being so supportive all the time and for the reception I got on the first day when I walked through this incredible door.
“I completely understood that the needs of this football club are so high and I want to meet those demands. I know that there are expectations and this trophy is for them, for them to enjoy and for them to be proud of their club and their support and the players that they always cheer for.
“Hopefully they can enjoy it together and maintain the distance, please. I want them to enjoy it because it’s all yours!
“I had only one mission when I came here and it was to make the players and the staff believe that we could do it,’ he added. “We had to change that energy and that mentality.
“Just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, the way they enjoy the professionalism and their time together. It makes me more proud and it’s a consequence of that, that afterwards we can achieve things and win titles together.”