You never know what’s coming’: Mikel Arteta says Thomas Tuchel’s sacking came as a shock


Mikel Arteta says Thomas Tuchel’s shock sacking as Chelsea boss has reminded him to enjoy every day he remains in a job.

The Arsenal head coach has one of the safest seats in the Premier League right now given his side are top of the table.

But Arteta knows that is no guarantee of longevity and believes Tuchel’s brutal axing just seven games into the new season should serve as a warning to rival managers.

‘It was a surprise, yes,’ said Arteta, speaking in the Swiss city of St.Gallen ahead of his side’s Europa League opener against FC Zurich this evening.

‘It is always sad for any colleague in this profession to get fired. Unfortunately, we know how this works. It makes me realise that we have a profession that, in a big percent this is going to happen.

‘We have to prepare for it and we have to enjoy the journey. We have to enjoy every day, because you never know what is coming.’

Arteta, meanwhile, was also taken aback to learn of Bernd Leno’s comments, the German goalkeeper having claimed that ‘politics’ forced him out of the club before his £3million move to Fulham this summer.

‘I’m really surprised, and I don’t know if he’s talking about the politics when he was starting every match, or the politics when he wasn’t playing,’ said Arteta. ‘I’m really surprised about it.’

Arsenal are only playing Europa League football after surrendering their Champions League place to Tottenham in the final weeks of last season.

But midfielder Granit Xhaka says they cannot worry about the past and has stated his intention to end the club’s 29-year wait for European silverware.

‘We don’t care about nobody – we don’t look to the other teams,’ said the Switzerland midfielder when pressed on Spurs beating them to fourth position.

‘This is how it is. We have to accept it. It’s a competition where normally we would want to be in the Champions League, of course, but me, my personality, I don’t care about where the other teams play. We are in the Europa League – and it’s time to win.’


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