After Arsenal’s win over Norwich on Saturday to claim their first win of the season, Mikel Arteta called the last two weeks the ‘best’ of his footballing life.
After almost two years in the Arsenal job, Mikel Arteta says the reason he wants to be a coach became clear in the last two weeks, following the humiliation at Manchester City and the ensuing transfer window moves.
“I must say, it’s probably been the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since I’ve been in football,” Arteta told reporters.
“I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best. You have to find a purpose for why you do what you do and why you’ve made the decision to be a football player or a coach. It’s all made sense in the last week or so.
“It’s about the relationship we have built. It’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has. It’s about connections and emotionally how players react, how everybody in the team – and I’m talking about every department at the club – supports and tries to improve and be positive around the situation.
“You have to win football matches but, for me, that’s an absolute joy to watch, how everybody has been behaving around the context that we had around us.”
Sadly, he doesn’t elaborate much more than this and I’m left wondering about yet another Arteta statement that seems to say a lot but doesn’t really say much at all.
I’m not sure many Arsenal fans would call the last two weeks the ‘best’ of their football supporting lives, but, we can hope that Arteta’s ‘best’ finally gives us a reason to hope again.