The legendary Frenchman always spoke about Arsenal’s values and traditions during his time in North London. Nobody upheld those more than Wenger himself, but things changed at Arsenal after his departure.
However, with Arteta at the helm now, it looks like we’ve got our Arsenal back.
Wenger says Arteta has restored Arsenal’s values
When Unai Emery replaced Wenger at Arsenal, it just didn’t feel right.
Although we won plenty of games in the Spaniard’s debut season, it really did feel like the values and identity of our club had gone missing. Wenger’s comments suggest he felt that too, but the Frenchman has now claimed that Arteta has restored those values at Arsenal.
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He said on Sky Sports this week: “I personally think Mikel Arteta was very conscious of the values of the club because he’s been educated at Arsenal. He’d been captain of my teams.
“He wanted to restore the values of the club and overall I think he’s done that well.
“After that you need to create a belief and a sense of belonging. A sense that you belong to something that is bigger than you and that you want to serve.
“On that front, I believe he’s done well. I’m still in touch with them and overall I believe they’re going the right way.
“Arsenal is a special club with special values. They have a good balance between tradition and forward thinking. Overall I think they do that well again now.”
The Insider’s View:
Emery’s final few months at Arsenal were really hard to watch. The DNA and identity of our club seemed to have disappeared, and the atmosphere around the Emirates was more toxic than it had ever been before.
Thankfully, things have been completely different under Arteta.
The Arsenal boss has changed everything since he was appointed as our head coach. There’s a real connection between the players and the fans now, and that has made us incredibly strong.
Arteta deserves immense credit for everything he has done over the last two-and-a-half years. Hopefully, he can reap the rewards soon.