It’s been a tricky few months for all of us who have had to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with the Coronavirus sweeping through the world at a frightening pace. While many nations are slowly but surely starting to get a grip on proceedings, there’s definitely a sense that things will never be the same – and that’s certainly the case in the world of football.
Alas, we still need to escape reality every so often, which is why it was so interesting to hear Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speak openly with Gunners legend Ian Wright about a variety of topics recently.
“It is happening [the transformation].
“Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club.
“I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone first of all has to feel in that way.
“There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together.
“First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be.”
Arteta went on to talk about his excitement when it comes to coaching Kieran Tierney once he returns from injury.
“I totally agree with you. I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play.
“His attitude, his commitment, his will; it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us.
“It’s a shame, but it’s part of his development.
“In your career you go through these moments and I challenged Kieran to say, ‘Kieran, how are you going to react to that?
“‘You cannot feel sorry for yourself that this happened. Okay, the level of expectation now is a bit higher, you have to deal with it.
“‘You are playing with a top club, top expectation… deal with it.
“‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player, go and lead your profession and enjoy it and that’s it.'”
This may not be the season any of us thought Arteta was going to have, but when everything gets going again, Arsenal fans will be happy to see him being on the touchline guiding this club forward.
Quotes courtesy of Mirror.com
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