Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta thanked former Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after he led Arsenal to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Arsenal lifted the 14th FA Cup after two goals from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang canceled Christian Pulisic's opening in the fifth minute.
Arteta worked as a Guardiola assistant at Manchester City from 2016 before accepting the position of manager of Arsenal replacing Unai Emery in December 2019.
Working with Guardiola, City won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield.
Speaking in his post-game with BT Sport
Arteta said: “I must thank Pep in all aspects, because I am now a manager thanks in large part to him.
"If someone told me, when I started, I would go through it and see the spirit in that dressing room with the team and what we're creating – that's what I'm most proud of."
The victory means that Arsenal secured European football for the 25th consecutive season, despite finishing eighth in the Premier League.
“It's an incredible way to end the season. It was a very strange year, ”said Arteta.
"I was brought here with the intention of bringing the club back to where it was winning trophies. Thank you so much for the club for trusting me and the players that follow and the spirit they created and, obviously, the fans."
Arteta, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal as a player in 2014 and 2015, said winning it as a manager was an "even better" feeling.
"I think it's even better because I know the context," he added. “I know the situation that we had when we came together to change the situation and see them, just those faces, that make people happy. The staff made the effort they made. He paid for all the moments we suffered.
Before the game, the Arsenal coach said that winning the FA Cup would be essential to keep Aubameyang at the club.
While Aubameyang refused to engage in any negotiations in his post-match interview, Arteta said he was "very positive" about staying.
"I had a conversation with him, I think he wants to stay," added Arteta.
"We will try to do that and we can have it for a few more years."
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