Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he was “surprised” by Thomas Tuchel’s sacking at Chelsea and wished his colleague “good luck” for the future following his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly marked his 100th day in office by sacking Tuchel. A club statement said the owners believed it was “the right time” to make a change.
Tuchel lifted three trophies during his time on the hot pitch at Stamford Bridge but had made a stunning start to the season.
Chelsea, who have spent more than £250m on signings over the summer, have failed to win half their Premier League games and were beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in Tuesday night’s Champions League opener.
Asked if he was surprised by Chelsea’s decision to sack Tuchel, Arsenal manager Arteta said: “I was – it was just before training when we got the news.
“It is always sad when a colleague in this profession is fired. Unfortunately, we know how this works. I wish him the best of luck. It is not pleasant to hear this news.’
Asked if Tuchel’s sacking makes him appreciate the stability he currently has at Arsenal, Arteta added: ‘What I’m realizing is what I’ve always told you: that at some point we have a profession, this one [can] happen.
“We have to prevent it, enjoy the journey and enjoy every day because you never know when that will happen.”
Tuchel was named to succeed Frank Lampard at Chelsea in January 2021 and led the Blues to their second Champions League trophy just four months later.
Chelsea would go on to win the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup later that year.
Tuchel, who has won 60 of his 100 games as Chelsea manager, leaves the club sixth in the Premier League, three points behind the top four and five points behind early leaders Arsenal.
A statement from Chelsea said: “As the new ownership group marks 100 days since taking over the club and continues with their hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.
“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to thank Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club.
“Thomas will rightfully have a place in Chelsea history having won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time here.”
Chelsea are currently in talks with Graham Potter over replacing Tuchel and hope to appoint the Brighton boss in the coming days.
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