The Guardian also claimed that, while he had accepted the offer initially, a mix of personal and professional reasons, as well as the change in atmosphere under Mikel Arteta has led to him staying.
Indeed, there was also thought to have been an acknowledgement that his leaving would have created a void difficult to fill, such is the nature of his importance behind the scenes at the Emirates.
When Arteta was appointed as Arsenal manager, he spoke of his desire to see a change in the desire of those working for him after a difficult start to the campaign under Unai Emery. Indeed, while these are early days of course, the fact that a valued member of the team is seemingly open to staying partly in thanks to his arrival does certainly suggest the Spaniard is doing a good job on that front.
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