Arsenal and Arteta are back in the Champions League, and they are “proud and excited.”.

Arsenal and Arteta are back in the Champions League, and they are “proud and excited.”.

Speaking of his pride at leading Arsenal into their first Champions League campaign since 2016, Mikel Arteta expressed it.

Wednesday’s match at the Emirates Stadium against PSV Eindhoven is a return from the wilderness and a clear indicator of the advancements they have made since Arteta took over nearly four years ago.

There was evident optimism at Arsenal’s training facility, despite the fact that Arteta must reorganize his attack after Gabriel Martinelli suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory at Everton on Sunday. They play the Eredivisie runners-up from the previous year, who are coached by former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz, and Arteta was happy to reflect on the significance of the occasion.

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He was asked how he felt, and he replied, “Proud and excited.”.

“I’m really looking forward to it because it’s been a while since the club has participated in the competition and because it will be my first as manager.

We’ve been pursuing and battling for it, and now that we have it, we must capitalize on it to the fullest.”.

Following five seasons of Europa League play and a 2021–22 season restricted to domestic play, Arsenal will make a comeback in the championship game of Europe, where they have never won but finished runners-up once before in 2006.

The only player from their previous Champions League match still playing is Mohamed Elneny, who is injured.

Reflecting on the journey, Arteta said their faith had never wavered.

He remarked, “We had some significant situations to deal with.

“As a club, we accomplished it jointly and very forcefully.

Although we always thought we would make it to [the Champions League], we should try to plan and execute something else first. We don’t want to end there.

To keep getting better is the goal.”.

One-third of a fairly amiable group of group B opponents is PSV, who Arsenal faced twice in the Europa League group stage of last season and faced both victories and losses. Sevilla and Lens have joined them, but Arteta spoke of the new challenge for a group that hasn’t played together at this level.

In the Europa League from the previous season, PSV Eindhoven celebrated their victory over Arsenal.

He declared, “Europe is different.”.

“The game’s pace and opposition caliber have changed.

A game that requires different things depends on your cultural background.

Referees use the law differently than other people.

The game is different because teams sometimes only need to hold for a draw in the group stage, whereas we would never allow it in the Premier League. There are many minor regulations that have a significant impact on the game’s context.”.

With 20 goals in 38 appearances for Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus is one of only a handful of Arsenal players to have significant Champions League experience. The Brazilian recalled skipping class to attend competition matches.

He explained, “My mom went crazy. “From there, it begins.

The music was different, as were the best clubs.”.

When it was suggested that English clubs should be expected to win the Champions League given the growing resource gap between them and their rivals, Arteta refused to fall for the bait, instead pointing out that 14-time champion Real Madrid should be the favorites every year.

The invitation to claim Arsenal could win it was also declined by him.

Although it wouldn’t be shocking if Aaron Ramsdale came back to face PSV, he was a little more forthcoming about his decision to replace Ramsdale with new goalkeeper David Raya at Goodison Park.

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