Arsène Wenger praised the work of one of his successors at the head of Arsenal, in this case Mikel Arteta.
Despite the defeat suffered on Saturday night at Manchester City, Arsenal have recently regained the forefront of English football. A recovery that bears the imprint of a man in particular, in the person of Mikel Arteta. In front of the work he has accomplished, even Arsène Wenger, the emblematic figure of the club, could only bow.
“Mikel Arteta is doing a good job yes, told the Alsatian during the Canal Football Club program on Canal +. The club has regained its values, but it is in the long term that we will see whether the values will continue to be well represented. Before, Arsenal was respected because we gave young people luck ”.
Asked then if he had been consulted by the board of the club for the choice of Arteta, Wenger retorted: “What if I was consulted about Arteta?” No. When you leave a club, at the beginning you have to cut completely. But he called me and I wished him luck. “
🗨️ Arsène Wenger: “Arsenal has regained unity, the group was a little divided (…) After that, it is in the long term that we will see if the club’s values, which are extremely important, continue to be represented” #CFC pic.twitter.com/5xaIbhB7nr
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) October 18, 2020
“We no longer knew who was in charge at Arsenal”
The experienced French coach also asked about the difficulties Arsenal experienced just after his departure in 2018. Even if he does not blame anyone, he evokes a faulty management which wasted precious time for the club. “The poorly managed post-Wenger like post Ferguson at MU?” I don’t know, it’s not for me to judge. But what I see is that the club has started to reinvest a lot, and it started off badly at the start. There was disunity. We no longer knew who was managing and it’s never good in a club. Now they have created a unit, and now it is a question of making good technical decisions. We have to find some form of stability and balance. That will be the job of Arteta, who must find the balance between defense and attack. “
Finally, Wenger also spoke of José Mourinho’s latest provocation against him. “Mourinho’s words about his absence in my book? It doesn’t bother me. It is permanent provocation. I feel like I’m in kindergarten with him. But, that’s part of the character. And it’s wrong (2 wins), we beat him. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not “you” who wins, you participate in the victory. It is “we” who win. The coach is there to get the most out of a team. “
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