Mikel Arteta had a clear message for the Arsenal fans after lifting the Emirates FA Cup: enjoy this moment – and it’s only the start!
Our head coach collected his first trophy in charge, and paid tribute to our supporters around the world.
“It’s a great start!” he said. “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.”
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‘We can get Auba more experience with trophies!’
Rob Kelly 01 Aug 2020
Another big game at Wembley, another two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Afterwards, Mikel Arteta was asked about the Gabon international’s performance – and his future with the club.
This is what he said:
on Aubameyang’s performance and whether he could stay…
Well, you asked me my opinion and that’s the feeling I get with conversations with him and his people, but obviously nothing is done yet and I want to enjoy the victory. Thanks to Auba again for the performance that he had and how much he helped the team.
on Aubameyang dropping the trophy…
It can happen! I think it can happen, he needs more experience with trophies! We can get him used to that.
on Aubameyang’s contribution today…
Big games require big moments from big players, and he’s delivered that in the semi-final and he’s done it again in the final. That’s why you ask about those players. Some were questioning that he couldn’t do it in big games. There we go. He was a big, big part of delivering this trophy. He’s done it and we are so proud to have a player like him in our squad.
on whether we will hear any news on Auba’s future in the next week…
I hope so. Everything is based on my conversations with him, how he sees his future, what I expect from him, the team that I want to build around him and the conversations I have with the people who are very influential around him. The club, we all respect and admire him, the players are all behind him. We know the players that we have and we have to value him. I think if we reach all of those points, we’ll make progress.