‘Different level’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals ten-year plan for the club and hints at staying for next DECADE

MIKEL ARTETA has hinted he could stay at Arsenal for the next DECADE after vowing to ‘take the club to a different level’.

Revealing his plans for Arsenal over the next 10 years, Arteta also insisted he wants to make fans ‘very proud of what we’ve done’.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at staying with Arsenal for the next DECADECredit: PA

Since replacing Unai Emery in December 2019, the former Gunners player has already led his old side to FA Cup glory and a Europa League final.

But the proof of his work can now be clearly seen in Arsenal’s league performance, with the Londoners closing in on a return to the Champions League.

Sitting three points clear of rivals Tottenham with a game in hand, fourth-place Arsenal could be set to compete in Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2017.

Arteta has overseen numerous transfers to create his dream squad, making 13 signings while selling 12 players and loaning out several others.

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But the Spaniard believes there’s even more work to be done as he plans on building a legacy over the next decade.

He told Arsenal’s website: “Hopefully by then we will have been able to take the club to a different level. I hope we’ll have made our people very proud of what we’ve done.

“You need to be yourself and I want people to understand that if I’m here, it’s because I think I can give the best of myself for the club.

“That’s by showing the passion, the energy and the immense feeling of gratitude and clear direction of where I want to go. Because if you don’t have that, you will get found out very quickly.”

Reflecting further on his time in the Arsenal dugout, Arteta added: “When I went into management I had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish with Arsenal.

“I wanted to build a winning team that was also financially sustainable and that could transmit the values, the identity and the passion that the club has had over the years.

“To do that we had to make some important decisions and get the club moving in the right direction, so that we could also achieve that in the long-term.

“There have been some very difficult decisions to make. First of all you need to come up with a plan. You have to have a lot of support from within the club to do it, and then the decisions need to be right.

“Until now I think one of the biggest successes has been to create – as a club – a culture and an atmosphere where our players, staff and everyone can feel that this is a place where they can fulfil their potential.

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“It is a place where they can grow, they can participate and everyone can add value to the club.

“When you get that, you create a real sense of belonging and that’s something more powerful than just personal interest. I think that’s been one of our biggest wins so far.”


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