Arteta has urged his Arsenal squad to create "beautiful memories" as they make their comeback to the Champions League after a six-year absence. The Gunners will face PSV Eindhoven in their first Group B match at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Arteta, who played for Arsenal in the Champions League, is excited about the team's return to Europe's top club competition. Arteta expressed his pride and excitement ahead of his first Champions League match as a manager. He emphasized the importance of making the most out of this opportunity and creating new beautiful memories for the team.
Arsenal's unbeaten start to the Premier League season is fueled by their determination to make up for last year's late collapse. The opportunity to progress in the Champions League, a competition they've never won, serves as a major motivation for the team. Arteta, as a manager, is eagerly anticipating his first experience in the competition and understands the importance of Arsenal's presence in the tournament. He feels the responsibility to bring the club to the biggest stages and compete at the highest level.
Arteta wants his young players, like Rice, Saka, and Saliba, to learn quickly in their Champions League journey. He believes in the learning process and taking lessons from past experiences to improve as a team. Regarding the goalkeeper selection, Arteta didn't disclose who will start on Wednesday but emphasized that his decision is based on what he feels is best for the team and the club. He also mentioned that he doesn't want to discuss individual players' responses to being dropped from the squad. Gabriel Jesus, the Arsenal forward, scored 14 goals in 22 Champions League matches for Manchester City. He reminisces about his childhood love for the tournament, recalling how he would skip school to watch the games and drive his mom crazy. The experience of hearing the iconic Champions League music and witnessing the best clubs in action left a lasting impression on him.