When Arsenal arrived he felt ‘a lot disconnected’ at Arsenal


06 May 2020, 05:12 IST has changed

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta felt there was “a lot of disconnection” when he took charge at Arsenal late last year.

Arteta, a former Arsenal captain, was named head coach in December last year, replacing Unai Emery.

Arteta, who oversaw eight wins and six draws in 116 games before the season was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic, said it was difficult to find a place for the club.

“Obviously it wasn’t easy to get into the club at that moment, but you mentioned a key word that is energy,” he told the club’s great Ian Wright in an interview with Adidas.

“I felt that the training ground, the strength of the stadium was not right for this great club and I came here.

“I’m lucky to play here so everyone has to feel that way first and there was a lot of isolation in many cases and I wanted to bring everyone together.

“First we need to understand how lucky we are here and then a clear direction of where we want to be.”

Arsenal finished eighth in fourth place, ninth in the table, after the Premier League season was postponed due to Covid-19.

Arteta said he was interested in getting back into action, but he thought the study centered on the coronavirus would be the key.

“I think the hardest thing is that the players and everyone involved on the training ground and on the day of the match will be educated to do it differently.”

“We have to be very strict with the protocols. Common sense dictates when we can go to the next step and the next step and the next.

“We can’t rush, we’re all aiming to play, we have to play, we’re willing to play, it’s important for us, for society, for the economy.

“We have that responsibility so we have to be ready to open the door and hit the gas whenever they go ahead.”