Kampala—29, August 2020: Since Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal Head Coach from his compatriot, Unai Emery in December 2019, Arsenal has had more to celebrate on and off pitch.
Prior to Arteta’s appointment in mid-December, some Arsenal players’ forms, attitude and sharpness had worn-out, and they were declining each week, targeting relegation zone.
Had Arsenal board kept faith in Unai Emery further, allowing him to end the year, fans and supporters globally would castigate the board for such a decision.
After and before Unai’s sacking, names of experienced football managers (coaches) across Europe were frequently mentioned to take over from caretaker Head Coach, Arsenal’s legend, Freddie Ljumberg.
Carlos Ancelloti (now at Everton), Mikel Arteta (then Pep Guardiola assistant at Manchester City) among others were tipped to take over Arsenal.
After weeks of searching, Arsenal hired Mikel Arteta who had, during his playing times with Arsenal, won FA Cup and a Community Shield as a player and captain.
In his first eight months as Arsenal Head Coach, Arteta’s Arsenal finished 8th in the Premier League, the worst results (position) in many years.
With qualification for European competitions dented, Arsenal had only one gateway, to win the FA Cup and qualify for Europa League competitions.
On 1, August 2020, Arteta and his boys did exactly what was expected of them, beating Chelsea 2:1 at Wembley Stadium to win a record 14th FA Cup.
The win also created a perfect history for Arteta, winning FA Cups as a player, a captain and Head Coach with Arsenal.
Most exceptionally, they qualified for the 2020/2021 Europa League.
Ahead of 2020/2021 Premier League season, like other previous seasons, a curtain-raiser-match is always arranged in which a victor takes home an FA Community Shield Trophy.
The competition is played between Premier League Champions and FA Cup Champions.
At Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 29 August 2020, Arsenal beat Liverpool 5:4 on penalties to win the ‘Shield’.
With fans and supporters from across the World watching the two champions, Ugandan leaders who are also Arsenal fans got thrilled with the outcome.
Muhammad Nsereko, a Member of Parliament representing Kampala Central Division, wrote: “Arsenal the Gunners. Thank you Arteta two trophies in less than one year.”
Also, Evelyn Anite Kajik—Uganda’s State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatisation Tweeted: “Congratulations Arsenal. Well done and very well deserved victory. I pray that you continue to do well and keep brining those laurels. This is a project worth believing in. Thank you Arteta.
Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, whose country’s tourism body has entered into a long term contract with Arsenal FC, Tweeted: “Very Happy for Arsenal #CommunityShield. Building slowly but steadily back to greatness! Congratulations.”