Arteta reveals his priorities at Arsenal as Wenger closes-in on return

Mikel Arteta reveals his priorities as Arsenal boss were to ‘set the right culture’ and ‘establish a connection’ with the fans after it was damaged by recent failures… as he admits Arsene Wenger is closing in on a sensational return to the Emirates

  • Arsenal beat Wolves on Thursday to continue their charge for a top-four spot 
  • Mikel Arteta endured the nightmare start to the season but has righted the ship
  • Gunners fans reached an explosive level of hysteria, many calling for his head
  • Arteta revealed his two key priorities and wants Arsene Wenger ‘much closer’

Mikel Arteta has explained which of Arsenal’s problems he had to fix first, as he aims to bring Arsene Wenger ‘closer’ to his resurgent squad. 

The Gunners recovered from a disastrous start to the 2021-22 season to rise back to within touching distance of Champions League qualification with 14 games to play. Victory over Wolves on Wednesday made it three-straight victories. 

Arteta seemed to be on the brink at various points this season and last, but his ‘process’ finally looks to be being implemented – and the fans are back on board.  

Mikel Arteta appears to have steadied the ship at Arsenal with his team regularly winning again

Arsenal’s fanbase are the league’s most sensitive but Arteta looks to have them back on side

‘I think (the relationship with fans) was pretty damaged and the disconnection was there,’ Arteta told Amazon Prime. 

‘I had two priorities, one was to set the right culture in the club. The second, is to establish that connection. Without those two things I don’t think you can do anything sustainable.’ 

More than a decade of mis-management and steady decline hit rock-bottom last season, as Arsenal sunk to back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the Premier League, failing to qualify for a European place for the first time in 26 years, after falling short in the FA Cup too.  

The Gunners have turned a corner and are among the favourites for a top-four spot this term

Arteta, who captained one edition of Arsene Wenger’s team, wants the club icon back involved

Wenger finally quit the club in 2018 after 22 years, after fans campaigned for him to be sacked

Arsene Wenger oversaw much of the Gunners’ deterioration during the second half of his 22-year reign, and has largely steered-clear of north London since being hounded out by fans in 2018.

Perhaps sensing Gooners are feeling a little less sensitive about the Frenchman four years on, the former midfielder is working to bring Wenger back into the fold. 

‘With Arsene I have a really special relationship,’ the Spanish coach added. 

‘He’s been away too long and we want to bring him much closer. We had a talk and I think he’s in the right place. 

‘For us as a team and me personally it’d be a massive help to have him much closer. 

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