Mikel Arteta reveals what he learned from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal statue unveiled

Mikel Arteta has been discussing his former boss.

Arsene Wenger will go down as one of the Premier League and Arsenal’s greatest-ever managers.

The Frenchman played a major role in keeping Arsenal near the top of the mountain for many years.

And he, of course, oversaw the invincible season to cement his place in the history books.

Now, Arsenal have showcased their tribute to the Frenchman outside the Emirates Stadium on Friday, in the form of a bronze statue that depicts Wenger lifting the Premier League trophy.

After this unveiling, Mikel Arteta was asked what he had learned from Wenger as a manager and the Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website: “I learned so much from him and if I had to pick one of his many great values, it is how loyal he was and how much he defended the club, its players and football in general.

“The passion he has for the game is just phenomenal and you could see that. He really wanted to respect the game and he wanted it to be played in a certain way. Also, the way he always put the club in front of any personal interest at all times is something that I have tried to learn from him.

“The way he defended the club, the way he presented himself, the way he was loyal to the players and his staff is something that I really took from him. He is an example for me.”

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