Mikel Arteta has revealed he has spoken to Arsene Wenger on more than one occasion since becoming Arsenal manager.
Arteta took over the reigns at the Emirates in December after a successful stint as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
But it was Wenger who gave him plenty of insight into the world of management during his latter years as a player at Arsenal and convinced him to go into coaching.
Since taking over from Unai Emery, Arteta has reached out to the legendary former manager.
And whilst he has not spoken to him specifically ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, Arteta has clearly gained plenty of valuable insight from his chats with the great Frenchman.
“I have not been in touch with him before the final but I have been in touch with him a few times over the previous months,” he said.
“They were private conversations, but it is great to have him on board. He gives you great advice.
“It is great just talking to him. He has such a knowledge, and is such an intelligent person. Knowing that he is there and is going to be supporting us and supporting me, I feel calmer.
“In football, you can talk about anything to him and you just have to get your book out and take some notes.”
Arteta faces a problem Wenger became familiar with at Arsenal this summer – holding onto his star man.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains linked with an exit having yet to commit his long-term future.
But Arteta is confident it will not be his last game for the club.
“No, I don’t have that feeling,” he said.
“It’s a package at the end, you need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.
“It is a massive day. I wouldn’t like to talk or link too much these two factors but it’s a reality obviously that financially it would be really helpful and obviously from the sporting side as well to play in Europe for this club is a must.
“Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us and we want to keep him and do it in a more long term, but at the moment he is with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”
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