Mikel Arteta was appointed as Arsenal manager in December 2019 after Unai Emery was sacked following a seven-game winless run. Arsenal fans were frustrated with Emery’s tactics and poor results which resulted in Granit Xhaka being jeered during his substitution in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
Arteta admits he was shocked looking at the relationship between Arsenal first team and fans. Speaking to Arsenal’s official website the Spaniard said “You cannot build something new, when something has been damaged and hurt badly, that you can see a big split between even our own fans and the team. When you were in that stadium 10 months ago, I was shocked.
You have to rebuild that. In order to do that you have to build some foundations, and afterwards start a process. You have to prioritise that process at the start, and where you are going to get to. To do that you need some pieces that have to fill in there, and you have to start to create a puzzle and try to manage it because there will be bad moments and you don’t want to break it. All the time you have to be very alert because it takes very little to break what you are building.”