‘I’m an Arsenal fan… I’m just so honoured’

Joe Montemurro

What’s better than winning a league title as an Arsenal coach? Winning one as an Arsenal fan.

That’s exactly what Joe Montemurro did on Sunday as his side hit four goals past Brighton & Hove Albion to be crowned champions at Amex Stadium.

So how did it feel?

“To coach an Arsenal team to a championship as an Arsenal fan is mind-boggling,” Montemurro said. “It’s something I’d never have thought about in growing up and becoming a coach. I’m very proud and very honoured to be here as an Arsenal coach.

“Winning the title means a lot because we’ve had an interesting year. They’ve come together as a group and there’s been a lot of adversity with regards to the injuries and so on. As a group, the love and the respect they have for each other really culminates in what we’ve achieved today.

“I’m very proud of the way we did it with control, defined our own destiny. We didn’t have to rely on other teams dropping points or anyone else losing. It was just us and that’s all credit to the players who were prepared every week and bought into the philosophy and methodology of play. They’ve represented Arsenal in the best way possible.”

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