On Sunday, Mikel Arteta would have clocked one year as head coach/manager of Arsenal.
A lot has happened in a year. A lot of positives and negatives, and the Spaniard reflects on the happenings.
Citing the FA Cup and Community Shield wins as big positives, he feels that the most disappointing thing was the inability to share those successes with fans who have been more or less locked out of football stadiums since March due to Covid-19, as well as the support they could have given during a tough period.
“I think it has been one of the most challenging years in the club’s history for many, many different reasons,” he said.
“I think we have made a lot of progress and implanted a lot of positive things that have worked really well. We have gone through structural changes right across the club that has obviously shaken the club, big time.
“I would say the highlights of the year is the two trophies that we have won together, and the most disappointing thing is that we haven’t had our fans with us to take us through this difficult moment.
“I think it could have been a really, really positive year but the recent form in the Premier League is taking the gloss off what we have done in the calendar year.
“But we have to accept that our Premier League form in recent weeks is not good enough for this football club.”