In an interview with Marca, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also responded to a question about reports linking him with the job at Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent an 18-month loan spell during his playing career, but insisted he was “happy” and “grateful” to be at the Gunners
The Gunners led the Premier League title race for 248 days last season before they were eventually chased down by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who went on to win the treble, leaving the north London side trophyless for a 3 straight season.
In an interview with Marca, the 41-year-old Spaniard said: “To this day, it still hurts me deeply, not having won the Premier (League) after spending 10 months fighting with City.
“But that’s the sport. That said, what has been achieved with such a young team is worthwhile. That is clear to me too.”
Arteta, who took over at the Emirates Stadium in December 2019, continued: “This started (over) 3 years ago. I was Pep’s assistant at City, we played against Arsenal and I saw that the soul of the club had been lost
“It was not enjoyed, it was not felt. I knew that there was the option, shortly after, of being on the other bench and I knew that this club is so big that you had to connect the team with the fans. It has been hard to do, and now I feel happy.