Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has acknowledged that after Manchester City won the Premier League title the previous season, he had second thoughts about staying at the Emirates.
After being in first place for more than 240 days, the Gunners came close to ending their 19-year title drought.
However, Arteta’s team lost its final nine games, winning just three of them.
City eventually won the championship for a third straight year.
Arteta has now discussed his disappointment at falling short of his coach Pep Guardiola and how he nearly quit.
“I experienced it, so the first several weeks were quite difficult.
“The first thing you need to do is look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘OK, is there something you should have done better, differently?'” And in that case, take something away from it.
“Then evaluate yourself: ‘Are you still the right person to drive the club, the team, forward in the way that you want to do it? Do you have that energy and that belief that you want to do it?'”
“I believe it required some contemplation, but the answer is “yes,” and I feel incredibly energised and optimistic. That was a difficult moment, but I don’t enjoy losing and it takes me a while,” he remarked.