Mikel Arteta admits advice from Arsene Wenger has been keeping him ‘calm’ in debut season as Arsenal boss


Wenger has been giving Arteta advice (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta admits he has received ‘great advice’ from Arsene Wenger over the last few months, which has helped him feel ‘calmer’ in his first season as Arsenal boss.

The ex-Manchester City coach took over from Unai Emery in December and has worked to unite the squad and improve the mood in the camp, despite mixed results on the pitch.

The Gunners finished outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years, however, they have a chance to finish the season on a high if they can beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Arsenal’s iconic former manager Wenger – who holds the record for the most FA Cups won by any manager in the competition’s history with seven victories – has been in contact with Arteta to offer some words of wisdom in his debut season.

I’ve been in touch over the last few months a few times with him but not before the final,’ Arteta said.

When pressed further on what the subject of those chats have been, the Spaniard added: ‘It’s a private conversation. It’s great to have him on board and he gives me great advice. Just talking to him, you know?

Arteta has a shot at silverware in his first season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He has such a knowledge. He’s such an intelligent person, just knowing that he’s there and he’s going to be supporting us and supporting me, it makes me feel calmer.

‘I think you can talk about anything with him and you can take the book out and make some notes.’

Arteta has the chance to win silverware in his first season as a manager and admits a trophy would be a huge boost for the squad.

‘Well, it generates the trust when you win a title,’ he said.

‘It generates moments when together you go through good emotions and at the end it brings everybody together and you have good memories.

‘It’s about winning and winning a trophy that is so positive for any club and when you are in a process, obviously that makes it even more important, we have a great opportunity tomorrow, so let’s go for it.’

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