Mikel Arteta has had to work hard to achieve success. Out of the Barça youth academy as a player, but forged in the United Kingdom (Rangers, Everton and Arsenal) after passing through PSG and Real Sociedad, he hung up his boots in London with the clear idea of being a coach.
He was trained under the command of one of the best, Pep Guardiola, who saw Arteta as an assistant with the ideal conditions to advance City.
But in late 2019, after Emery’s removal, the opportunity of a lifetime came to him by being offered the position of Arsenal head coach, one of the teams in his life where he spent five seasons and ended up retiring.
Things were not going well for the Emirates with an Arsenal that did not carburettor and where there were many excessive rumors of exits of important players as well as low top form footballers. In addition, the slab of bad classification that invited to think about the negative of the situation (they were eleventh with 23 points and only 5 wins in 18 games).
Despite not starting well after drawing against Bournemouth (1-1) in its premiere and fall against Chelsea in the last match of 2019 (1-2), the new year brought a joy to the gunners in the form of victory to United in the first game of the new year (2-0).
He ended up flying and finishing eighth, three points from Europe, but adding 15 victories in the following 27 games on the bench.
Nevertheless, they trusted their luck to the FA Cup, a competition that we could enjoy in DAZN and after leaving several important rivals in the gutter, he presented himself in the grand final where he defeated Chelsea (2-1) with a double of Aubameyang, to which Arteta praised and confirmed that it is his spearhead for the next season and the axis on which to build a project with several Spaniards (Bellerín and the loaned Ceballos and Marí) and great stars (Pepé, Lacazette or Leno).