Arteta: You can become addicts to winning

Arteta: You can become addicts to winning

Mikel Arteta has awoken Arsenal a bit it seems, but the Spanish manager believes winning a trophy could have that effect multiplied. The Gunners are in action in FA Cup's Third Round against Leeds United and the competition can be their likeliest chance of winning silverware this season.

During his time at the Emirates as a player, Arsenal at one point didn't win anything for nine years.

"When I arrived here, obviously we were trying to fight for the Premier League but we did not really have the level of competing and sustain it every year. So the cups become very important and obviously this club has a massive history. But we’d had years without winning absolutely anything," said Arteta.

With Arsene Wenger in charge, Arsenal won the 2013/2014 FA Cup after a long drought, and then then next year's one too.

"For us, to lift that first FA Cup for this football club was like a massive relief that they tried to get this club again fighting to win some trophies and be there for everybody to see. It generated a really good belief and unity around our team and that helped that group of players to achieve what they achieved later when they won other cups."

Winning brings winning in Arteta's mind and he explained his reasoning.

"I think winning brings togetherness and, when you have beautiful experiences together and you win trophies, then those experiences stay within that group. You like more the people that you work with, you believe more in them, you share some fantastic moments and that habit of winning, winning, winning… After you win, you don’t want to stop winning. You become addicts to that and that’s what we have to try to implement at this football club."

Arteta said the very fact of a journey to Wembley for a final alongside thousands of supporters "generates something special" and noted that a trophy this year isn't impossible.


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