Last week, after the 3-1 win over Man Utd at the Emirates stadium, we saw pictures of Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry sitting together at the game. There were also post-game pictures with the two of them sharing some time with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.
They weren’t the only former Gunners present either. Fellow Invincibles Jens Lehmann and Gilberto were there in a professional capacity, spending time with Technical Director Edu after the thrilling win over a rudderless United.
Speaking about the return of former players, Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports how pleased he was to see them back at the club.
“I always said they are all welcome here,” he said. “The experiences they had together, what they transmitted as a team, and what they actually achieved was phenomenal.
“That’s for the history and the legacy of the Premier League, so for us to have contact, for them to feel welcome here, and for them to be supportive with what we want to do, I think it’s something really valuable and important.
“I was really pleased to see them back here with smiles on their faces, feeling relaxed and doing something that is natural, and that should happen in a natural way because it’s their club.
“The way Arsenal is viewed today is because of players and people like them.”
Arteta also expanded a bit on the plans for the summer which, he says, are well constructed but still subject to various factors in and out of our control.
“It will depend,” he said. “How many players are back from their loans, with the commitments we still have with them; our financial position in relation to where we finish; the clubs’ demands when we want to buy players or sell players.
“There are a lot of question marks there, but this is football. We’ve been through a lot in the last two seasons and we are going to try to manage it in the best possible way.
“The good thing is that the plan is clear, but the plan is just the plan until you start to work through that plan.
“Then, every decision and every situation is going to allow you – or not allow you – to be as close as possible to that plan, which is our aim.”