New Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has disclosed that the opportunity to coach the club would not have been possible were it not for the vision of former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger.
Arteta, who played under Wenger at Arsenal between 2011 to 2016, and went on to captain the club, thanked the Frenchman for helping his dream come true.
The 37-year-old stated this during his official unveiling on Friday.
We had earlier reported that Arsenal on Friday confirmed Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
Arteta signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, to replace Unai Emery.
"Well, when I was playing in England I started to realise what Arsenal meant," said Arteta.
"Obviously I was born in Barcelona and the club which had the most similar style and most similar values and ambition, it was Arsenal.
"I always talked to the people around me that I had a dream and it was to play for this football club.
"There was one man and his name was Arsene Wenger who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to play for this club.
"And after that he made me captain of this football club and I wouldn't be sitting here if he didn't have the vision to give me the opportunity to enjoy this incredible football club."