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Arteta reflects on his evolution as he prepares for his 100th game in charge at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has reflected on his evolution as he prepares to celebrate his 100th game in charge of Arsenal this weekend.

Arteta will reach a century of games in charge of the Gunners when the North London side host Watford at the Emirates on Sunday, with the Spaniard having reflected on his time in charge of the club ahead of the clash.

 

The 39-year-old was appointed as the new head coach of Arsenal in December 2019 and won the FA Cup during his first season, whilst he has since overseen mass squad change as a youthful side look to secure European football this season.

“An incredible and big journey! A lot has happened, not only at the football club but around the world,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference.

“That obviously has had a huge impact in everything that we have lived in the last two years. But I am so privileged to be where I am and I am really enjoying the opportunity and the challenge that we have ahead.

“[Now it] is about momentum and trying to pick it up and settle those foundations that we want, to give us performances and results, but also to build a sense of unity that is building around the club, with our people, with our players and the way we are playing and transmitting and for me, this is just as important.”

Arteta was asked how he had changed across his two years in charge of the Gunners and believes he has evolved during his first senior managerial position, admitting he is relishing the ‘moment’ and the opportunity to bring success to Arsenal.

“I think we all update any year like any computer!” he said.

“With everything that has happened to us, even more so. I am different, I see things differently, you evolve in certain ways, you learn a lot of things. We keep evolving.

“To have experience in something doesn’t mean that you’ve experienced all things that could happen in that journey, but for sure there have been some necessary things that have happened, some challenges and others beautiful to go through, but as I said, I’m really enjoying the moment and the opportunity that I have ahead of me.”

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