Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he feels privileged as he prepares to lead the team in Sunday’s 100th game against Watford in the Premier League, but stressed that he still has a lot of work to do at the helm of the London club’s coaching staff.
Arteta took over the Arsenal training, succeeding his compatriot Unai Emery in December 2019 and quickly revived the team’s hopes and led them to win the FA Cup in the same season.
But he also faced setbacks last season when his team failed to qualify for any European Championship for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth at the end of the season.
“Great fast ride,” Arteta told reporters on Friday. A lot has happened not only at the football club level but all over the world. And that definitely has had an impact on everything we’ve done over the last two years.
Arteta added: “I feel privileged to be in this place and I really enjoy this opportunity and the challenge that lies ahead.
After a very bad start to the current season, during which he lost the first three rounds, Arsenal fell to the last place in the list of the championship teams, before gathering forces and advancing to sixth place after the first 10 rounds.