Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appreciated the club’s fans for their support in his first season in charge of the club.
The Spaniard lifted his first trophy as an Arsenal manager after leading the Gunners to a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday night, seven months into his reign.
Speaking after the match, Arteta also thanked his players for playing their part in the Cup Triumph, adding that he thinks they will achieve even more success in the future.
“It’s a great start!” he said. “Thank you so much for being so supportive all the time and for the reception I got on the first day when I walked through this incredible door.
“I completely understood that the needs of this football club are so high and I want to meet those demands. I know that there are expectations and this trophy is for them, for them to enjoy and for them to be proud of their club and their support and the players that they always cheer for.
“Hopefully they can enjoy it together and maintain the distance, please. I want them to enjoy it because it’s all yours!
“I had only one mission when I came here and it was to make the players and the staff believe that we could do it,’ he added. “We had to change that energy and that mentality.
“Just by seeing them in the dressing room altogether, the way they enjoy the professionalism and their time together… it makes me more proud and it’s a consequence of that, that afterward we can achieve things and win titles together.”
The win also meant Arsenal qualified for the Europa League, joining Leicester and Tottenham.