Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has boldly claimed that his project will explode once the world returns to normality next season.
The Spaniard was the first person in the Premier League to catch the infamous virus and that completely threw a spanner in the works.
Football was brought to a standstill for a few months and the financial impact of the global pandemic has been unimaginable.
Arteta, who is in his first job, has had a lot to deal with – both on and off the pitch. Our league position may not look great, but he has done an incredible job so far, and he has predicted that his project will go ‘bang’ once things are back to normal.
Arteta: My project will explode next season
He said, as per Goal: “I could never imagine when I got tested and had the symptoms, all of the consequences that this virus was going to have on all of us.
“Having my first job, to do that and after being in the job for only three months in normal conditions, to start to have a completely different context and framework to work in has been really challenging but, at the same time, it has made us, as a club, much stronger.
“We have created a really strong group, a really strong bond with our players, with our fans, with our staff and that is going to pay some big tribute in the future I think when everything comes back to normality and we are able to work the way we needed to work with some stability.
“I think this project is going to go ‘bang’ and this is where we are. Sometimes it is difficult to see the moment now, but I’m sure where we are going.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
The UK government has announced that a limited number of fans will be allowed back inside the stadiums on the final day of this season. If things go well in the summer, we could have a full-house at the start of next campaign, and that would be a massive boost.
That alone will not be enough, but it’s the first step to normality. We need to bring in quality players and Arteta will have to find the right balance to get the best out of each and everyone in the squad.
Most supporters will likely agree that Arteta is building something at Arsenal. The FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs last year laid a brilliant foundation, but we couldn’t kick on from there.
The Europa League is our only chance of silverware this term, and winning that could just be the catalyst Arteta needs for his ‘bang’ next season.