Joe 'Pepe' Montemurro is enjoying life in London managing Arsenal, but has not forgotten the sacrifices and hard times which has got him into this position.
Montemurro’s next game is against Everton, who are at the bottom of the table.
Arsenal have retained the majority of their squad from last season, losing four senior players and have signed four experienced European internationals.
Montemurro said 80% of his squad will be playing at next year’s World Cup in France and he added this season was good preparation for the tournament.
Vivianne Miedema, Jordan Nobbs, and Kim Little are among the key players in Montemurro’s squad.
“We’re honoured to have them playing at the highest level for their country,” he said.
“We need to make sure they’re focused on their priorities with the club, but also getting that balance and what they need out of the national teams.
“It’s also good as a motivating factor, they have an opportunity to do very well here in a good league at a great club and then fly off to a World Cup to represent your country.”
Montemurro said he was happy with his team’s performances, but there is room for improvement, despite topping the table.
He credited the players for the amount of goals they have scored this season and was always confident they would have a good campaign.
The man from Clifton Hill added having a proper preseason has played a part in their convincing performances.
Montemurro’s first game in charge of Arsenal was in December last year, as assistant coach Ismael Garcia was in temporarily in charge after the departure of Pedro Martinez Losa.
“We were able to do a bit of base work last year with the bulk of the players which took a bit of time, but the reality is that we’ve had a successful prelude from last season into this season,” Montemurro said.
“You then get the opportunity to start to integrate from day one and it’s always a positive approach when you can bring all your ideas to preseason and do it in the way you believe is best to get the results you need.
“Doing it from day one is always good, but last year was also good in creating the base we needed.”