Recently, Chelsea manager Graham Potter announced that he had received numerous death threats against him and his family. This follows the crisis of results that the Blues are going through with 1 win in their last 12 games.
With the Gunners set to face Everton tomorrow, Arteta was in front of journalists today at the pre-match press conference. He was asked about this sad episode. He was eager to support his counterpart, and to give him some advice.
The Arsenal boss said :
“You can have difficulties in your job and challenges, which we do, especially when you lose, but when you are winning as well because this job is so demanding.”
Of course, he condemned these acts and insisted that football should not be allowed to personally attack a person and his family:
“But you cannot destroy your life because of that. And your family, your friends, your loved ones, the people around you, doesn’t deserve to have their lives affected in such a negative way because you don’t win a football match.”
Finally, the Gunners’ coach spoke about the pressure a coach faces and the need to get help at such times:
“So, that balance I think in my case was critical, but you need some help, someone to paint that picture in front of you because sometimes when you are in that position it is not easy to see.
The fact is the ball has to go into the net and there are many factors that prevent that, that you cannot control so of course you empathise because you suffer and you know how it is when he is going through those moments.”
Arsenal face Everton, who they lost to earlier this month, at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow. Victory is crucial to maintain their lead over Manchester City.