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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants legacy of Arsène Wenger ‘recovered’ at the club

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants legacy of Arsène Wenger ‘recovered’ at the club

Arteta wants Wenger legacy restores

Arsène Wenger will forever remain integral to the story of both the Premier League and his beloved Arsenal and his greatest achievement at the club was in the spotlight last night during the release of

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, a documentary that takes a look at the life and career of the club’s greatest-ever manager.

But current boss Mikel Arteta feels that the club has done a poor job of instilling the legacy left behind by Wenger and his storied career at Arsenal that lasted over two decades.

When speaking with CBS Sports’ James Benge, the current Gunners headmaster reflected on the influence that the Alsatian still commands amongst the Arsenal community – and football at large – despite ending his managerial career almost four years ago;

“For me, it’s something that we lost and we have to recover. I wanted that picture and a phrase that is very inspirational at the entrance because it was a big part of what he did at Colney and how everything started at the Emirates. He had to be there.

You see the reaction of the players, I knew they were going to high five him. You just look at his eyes and it’s as if he’s there. He has this capacity, he penetrates when he looks at you. The players really benefit from it.

Arteta credits invaluable guidance before managerial journey

Like many before Mikel Arteta, Arsène Wenger was often a source of guiding light for those that he took under his wing during his years at Arsenal.

‘It’s something we lost and we have to recover’ Mikel Arteta wants legacy of Arsène Wenger restored at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta celebrates with the trophy after winning the Heads Up FA Cup final match at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

For Arteta that was no different, and he spoke to the influence and support that Wenger provided when the Spanish headmaster was setting off to begin his own managerial journey that now has him patroling the same technical area that Arsène once did;

“If I have to describe him — one word is integrity. The values he had as a person and how he protected always the club. Every decision was for the benefit of the club. Obviously, as well, how he treated the players: we all loved him because of who he was as a person. He inspired us with his way of thinking about the game.

He was a key person for me to make the decision to try to go into management. He was very supportive with it and I got a lot of ideas and ways of thinking that probably before knowing him I didn’t have. Then you have to add your own ones, evolve and try to be yourself but you always get the influence of someone like him.”

Though Arteta has not had the immediate impact that Wenger did when the Frenchman did the double in his second season in charge, the former Arsenal midfielder did net an FA Cup triumph during the 2019-20 campaign.

His insistence on re-instating the legacy of his former boss is so much more than a thank you, but rather, a key piece that clubs the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Liverpool can call upon; identity.

Aminat Aigbe

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