Mikel Arteta has admitted he was left “shocked” but the state his predecessor Unai Emery left Arsenal in.

The Spaniard arrived in north London on 20 December, with Arsene Wenger’s successor only securing nine wins from their first 25 games of the campaign.

The Gunners’ former midfielder has since gone on to record a 57 per-cent win rate in 42 games, including FA Cup and Community Shield victories.

Arteta inherited several problems at the Emirates from Emery, such as Granit Xhaka’s fallout with the club following an on-pitch rant at fans.

And the current manager has admitted he was surprised to find the club in such a state.

Mikel Arteta has admitted he was left 'shocked' by the state Unai Emery left the club in
Mikel Arteta has admitted he was left 'shocked' by the state Unai Emery left the club in

Speaking to the club’s website, Arteta said: “You cannot build something new [quickly], when something has been damaged and hurt badly, that you can see a big split between even our own fans and the team.

“When you were in that stadium 10 months ago, I was shocked.

“You have to rebuild that [bond]. In order to do that you have to build some foundations, and afterwards start a process. You have to prioritise that process at the start, and where you are going to get to.”

The Spaniard only won nine games in 25 when he was sacked in December last season
The Spaniard only won nine games in 25 when he was sacked in December last season

Arsenal currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, winning four of their eight games while unbeaten in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

The latest result was a surprise 3-0 home loss to Aston Villa, leading Arteta to made an admission about his own plans for the club.

He said: “We're a long way, I'm afraid.

“It's part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.

And Arteta said he was 'shocked' when he was in the stadium 10 months ago
And Arteta said he was 'shocked' when he was in the stadium 10 months ago

“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.

“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it's been difficult, it's been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.”

It comes as Arteta’s latest decision has left club legend Ian Wright “worried” for his future.