Mikel Arteta says 100 win milestone is not a ‘title’
Mikel Arteta has said that he’s delighted with reaching 100 wins as Arsenal manager, but was keen to insist that such a milestone isn’t a ‘title’.
Arteta’s team were very impressive at Craven Cottage, putting Fulham to the sword in the Premier League with a dominant first half display in an eventual 3-0 win.
The result sees the Gunners move back to five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City in the title race, and was also Arteta’s 100th win as the club’s manager.
The ex-Man City assistant coach took the reins at Arsenal at the tail-end of 2019, and since then has won the FA Cup and oversaw this season’s remarkable rise from top four contenders to title favourites.
When asked about the 100 win milestone by the club’s official website, Arteta said: “It’s great [100 wins], we have to continue like that, I’m delighted to do that, unfortunately, it’s not a title, so there’s still a lot to improve.
“It is incredible and that means that we have a lot of people doing the right things at the club. In the team a lot of players contributing immensely and especially the support that we have, which in my opinion, has absolutely transformed this team with that energy, so I’m really happy.”
Arteta will be hoping to make it 101 wins as Arsenal manager when the Gunners face off against Sporting CP in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on Thursday evening.
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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