Saturday, December 28, 2019

Arteta predicted Arsenal return in 2016

New Arsenal manager Mikel Aretata has revealed he predicted his return to the club as a manager upon playing his final game for the club in 2016. 

After ending his career with five seasons at the Gunners, Arteta hung up his boots and immediately set out on becoming a coach.

While his managerial pursuits initially took him to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's assistant, the Spaniard always envisaged himself returning to the Emirates as their boss. 

"I remember the last time I was going down the tunnel, with my kids in my arms, I said to my wife, 'One day I will come back here as the manager'," Arteta told Arsenal's club website.

"It has come a little quicker than I expected but that was a dream.
 
"I've got more family now - I've got more kids! I've had more experiences but I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do so, two years before my retirement, I started to do my coaching badges.

"I already had that feeling that I wanted to try this game over that line, and I am really happy where I am."

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