'He’s lucky’: Wenger explains why Arteta was given the Arsenal job

Posted Friday, October 16, 2020 by hitc.com

Arsenal were always going to find it difficult to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates. The legendary Frenchman spent over two decades at the helm at North London, and his successor had huge boots to fill.

Unai Emery was the chosen one but sadly, things didn’t quite go to plan for him. The Spaniard’s side missed out on a top-four finish in his debut season before crumbling in the Europa League final against Chelsea at Baku.

After a disastrous start to his second season at the helm, Emery faced the sack and Arsenal brought in Mikel Arteta. The move was a risky one considering that the former Everton man had no experience as a manager whatsoever.

However, he has been a breath of fresh air around the Emirates and Arsenal have won the FA Cup and the Community Shield under their former skipper.

Wenger claims Arteta was lucky to get the Arsenal job, but he admits that his former captain had the passion and the ingredients to succeed while he was still a player under him.

He told talkSPORT: “He had passion for the game and big motivation, and good focus and a desire to do well. You could see the ingredients there, and he had a grip and influence on the other players.”

'He’s lucky’: Wenger explains why Arteta was given the Arsenal job

“He’s lucky that straight away he got into a big club, in a position where you normally have to work ten years to get in that position. But because he played for the club and was a good player, he got his chance. I wish him well. I left the club in a position for my followers to do better and the club now has the financial resources to win the championship.”

Arteta was indeed lucky to land a top job without any previous experience. However, he has shown that he is good enough, and if he can improve this Arsenal side more than he already has, the future is bright.

The Gunners have spent a good amount of money in this summer’s window. Arteta will be under pressure if things go south this season, but considering how well they have started the campaign, they seem to be on the path for a top four finish.

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