Mikel Arteta ran fast on the touchline and punched the air after Arsenal’s late win over Wolves, but the Spaniard has also revealed his two main priorities when he takes over.
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He inherited a dysfunctional side with a high pay bill and a divided support base, who only united by their frustration with ownership of Kroenke.
And Arteta fulfilled his first two ambitions at the club before even qualifying for the Champions League.
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“Firstly, I had to establish the right culture in the club,” Arteta told Amazon Prime after their dramatic 2-1 win over Wolf.
“Second, is to establish that connection [club and fans]. “Without those two things, I don’t think you can do anything sustainable over time. i really like it [doing the job]. ”
The Gunners were fully pushed up by Wolves, after Hwang Hee-Chan used a terrible back pass from Gabriel Magalhaes to open the scoring for Bruno Lage’s dangerous side.
At times, Midlanders’ impenetrable defense looked sure to make for another great away win, as the Gunners were unable to penetrate the yellow defensive wall.
However, Arteta’s introduction of Nicolas Pepe from the bench immediately changed the game.
As well as providing an explosion of creativity and penetration Arsenal In attack, Pepe scored the important equalizer, after Alexandre Lacazette’s cross in the first leg, before hitting Jose Sa’s net.
But just when Lage thought a draw was still a good result, Lacazette forced Sa to own an own goal to secure three points for the north London side.
“It’s an important win for us,” Arteta said happily after the game.
“The way we win creates trust and solidarity as well as atmosphere and engagement with our fans and that is absolutely essential. This is a really young squad and we need that.”
Despite the fact the Gunners are probably the new contenders to take fourth place, Arteta refuses to think too far and emphasizes the importance of their next games.
“I said in the first half, if we want to be third or fourth with the big teams, we have to go out in the second half and beat them,” added Arteta.
“That was the spirit from the first half and we did it.
“After three defeats in the first three, we had to avoid relegation. That is the first goal.
“Then we were game by game… you just have to be consistent with your vision and the way you prepare and believe the results will come.
“We don’t know how important today’s result is, but we know how important it is to win games, especially at home, we have to play well if we want to fight. for those positions.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mikel-arteta-arsenal-premier-league-26329238 Mikel Arteta details two significant changes amid concerns about the 'right culture' at Arsenal