Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has stated that some people “inside” the club were “trying to hurt” them this season and that those individuals have since left.
Back in November, news of a training ground bust-up between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos was leaked to the media and Arteta said he would “find out where it is coming from”, promising that “there will be consequences” if it was leaked by someone from inside the club.
Two months on from the incident, Arteta hinted that he had discovered who the leak came from, saying: “I have sort of an idea, yes”.
When asked whether it was related to the departure of players in January, such as Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Arteta replied: “No comment on that.”
Now, when asked what the best thing about this season has been, Arteta said: “The best thing has been to keep a team, a staff, employees and everybody together.
“In those circumstances when you are not winning and when there are so many people, some inside and some outside that are trying to hurt [you].
“And to keep them together and block that and be so strong, I think that is some achievement. As normally when that happens, that cracks and everything falls and it didn’t.”
Asked whether the “some inside” were still at Arsenal, Arteta simply replied: “No.”
The 39-year-old also reflected on his first full season in charge of the club, adding: “Extraordinarily challenging. But incredibly stimulating. I am extremely proud to work with the people you have next to me.
“This club is even bigger than I thought and even better than I thought and I am prepared to do anything it takes to give the club the most success, joy and a feeling of pertinence and pride of what we are trying to do. I won’t stop until I do that.”