Arteta Excited To Win First Trophy As A Coach 

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Mikel Arteta guided Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea to win the Fa Cup courtesy of a brace from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Arsenal captain becomes the first person to win the trophy for Arsenal as a captain and as a coach.

He took over at the Emirates in December after the club sacked Unai Emery and he has been able to steady the ship and showed signs of encouragement.

"It was a difficult start when we conceded so early. If I know something about these players, is that we weren't going to give up.

"We played probably the best 30 minutes after since I arrived. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.

"It is a double reward for us. It is really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We all did it so I am so happy.

"The players were completely knackered and they made a massive effort through the coronavirus to keep fit so I am so happy for them."

Arteta is also confident that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the club after his match-winning performance against Chelsea.

He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.

"But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us."

Will he extend? "I think he will, yes."