Mikel Arteta pays classy tribute to Arsene Wenger after being named Arsenal head coach

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton after he was signed by Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admits the chance to manage Arsenal would not have been possible were it not for the vision of Arsene Wenger.The 37-year-old joined the Gunners as a player from Everton in August 2011 and went on to captain the club to consecutive FA Cup triumphsArteta hung up his playing boots in 2016 and has since been learning the managerial trade as Pep Guardiola’s assistant, playing a key role behind the scenes as Manchester City scooped an unprecedented domestic treble last season.The Spaniard was confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor on Friday and made sure to publicly thank Wenger, who had identified his ability as both a player and potential future manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Well, when I was playing in England I started to realise what Arsenal meant,’ said Arteta. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 6:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link407Shares Mikel Arteta pays classy tribute to Arsene Wenger after being named Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was confirmed as Arsenal’s new head coach on Friday (Picture: Getty)‘Obviously I was born in Barcelona and the club which had the most similar style and most similar values and ambition, it was Arsenal.‘I always talked to the people around me that I had a dream and it was to play for this football club.‘There was one man and his name was Arsene Wenger who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to play for this club.‘And after that he made me captain of this football club and I wouldn’t be sitting here if he didn’t have the vision to give me the opportunity to enjoy this incredible football club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta came agonsingly close to replacing Wenger in the summer of 2018 before the club’s board decided to turn to Unai Emery.‘A little bit close,’ Arteta added when asked how near he came to filling the void created by Wenger’s departure.‘It wasn’t the right time. The right time came now. I’m glad I learned a lot from that experience.‘It was great to be part of the process. I was very prepared for this one and it helped.’MORE: Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut OzilMORE: Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisementlast_img