Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he doubted himself after last season’s opening day defeat at Brentford.
The Spaniard returns to Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday with his side riding high in the Premier League.
It is far cry from 13 months ago when Arteta’s side were humbled 2-0 by the Bees on the opening day of last season – the start of three straight defeats to begin the last campaign.
“I doubted myself, I questioned myself,” he told Sky Sports. “This is part of a journey where – if you want to get better – you have to be self-critical.
“You have to have other people around you to tell you the truth and also have the humbleness to always be willing to get better, improve and explore other opinions and ways to do your job.”
He continued: “t was all building up a lot. The way everyone reacted after the first game of the season, it was big.
“But that tells you the expectations of the football club you are in, how much passion and love here is for this club and how quickly you can turn things around. You have to be prepared for that and you have to be analytical about why things happen.”
So what did he learn?
“One of the big lessons was: stay calm in the difficult moments, understand why things happen and move on.”