Being a manager is difficult – Arteta confesses amid Arsenal’s poor form

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that managing is harder than playing.

The Gunners shocked Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, to record their first Premier League victory since November 1.

The win ended a miserable run which put Arteta under huge pressure as his team languishes in 15th place.

Ahead of Tuesday’s game against Brighton, Arteta was asked whether he found playing or managing more tiring.

Arteta, whose career as a midfielder included six years at Everton and five at Arsenal, replied: “The simple answer is managing. Because you have a lot of people around you that you have to take care of. I always say you have 70 hearts in the training ground and stadium that you have to look after everyday.

“Every decision you make has an impact on their lives, their mood and the next day. So you are very aware of that and you get attached emotionally to them and I’m attached emotionally to this football club. That makes the emotion even bigger and stronger and that will drain you energy-wise.”

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