Arsene Wenger sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal fears

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger speaks to Mikel Arteta
Wenger coached Arteta at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger is hoping Mikel Arteta can bring respect back to Arsenal after years of stagnation at the club.

Arteta is the second manager to take charge since Wenger ended his 22-year reign at the Gunners in 2018.

Wenger’s successor Unai Emery was sacked after just 18 months at the helm and Arsenal chiefs have turned to a former player to revitalise the club.

Arteta was one of Wenger’s most trusted players in his time at Arsenal and the former boss admits he worries a lot about his former side.

‘I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games,’ he told TalkSport.

‘I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected, and I hope Mikel can get that back.’

Although Arsenal experienced a decline in the final years of Wenger’s tenure, the 70-year-old is regarded as the greatest manager in the club’s history.

Mikel Arteta conducts Arsenal training
Arteta took over from Emery (Picture: Getty)

His methods not only transformed Arsenal but revolutionised English football and Wenger revealed what he is most proud of.

‘I’m very proud and happy to contribute a little bit to improve things,’ he said.

‘My heart is still with the club. I think a lot of that period. Twenty-two years at one club is unusual. I’m proud.

‘At the end of the day when you look back, you don’t think about what you won or lost so much but I’m proud for having the attitude just to serve the club while I was there.

‘I have more satisfaction looking back too at the Emirates that we built all that without a penny from anybody.

‘And today the club can take off more and be more successful.’

Arsene Wenger at an Arsenal game
Wenger is now working at FIFA (Picture: Getty)

Arteta’s progress at Arsenal was cut off by the coronavirus pandemic, but clubs are gearing up for a return to action in June.

Liverpool are poised to become Premier League champions for the first time and Wenger heaped praise on his old rival, Jurgen Klopp.

‘Jurgen has done extremely well because that club has waited 30 years for this title,’ he said.

‘And when you think they have such a massive difference [points gap] to the second team, Manchester City, as well – 25 points, it’s absolutely massive.

‘No matter what England will decide, Liverpool are champions in everyone’s head, I think.’

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