Former Arsenal player, Mikel Arteta is ready to make the Gunners a great team again after he was appointed as new manager replacing Unai Emery who was sacked recently.
As the new Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta feels there’s change needed to build new energy at the club he feels have lost their way since he left after retiring as a player in 2016.
The 37-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to succeed Unai Emery, who was sacked in November citing poor performance of the club. Arteta also served as an assistant coach at Manchester City but never got the chance to manage the team as head coach.
“I have so much respect for this club, if I didn’t feel I am ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,” Arteta told reporters.
“It was always a dream for me. The day I made a decision to leave this football club I said to the people that I am going outside, I am going to learn, get prepared and hopefully one day I can come back here when I feel I am ready.
“I have been preparing for a few years for this challenge to come. I know the expectations, level and stature of this club and what it deserves. I am ready for that challenge.
“They were so convinced they wanted me that I said I have to take the challenge.”
Mikel Arteta wants to make Arsenal great again
According to Mikel Arteta, he has been preparing for this role for his entire life and he’s more than pleased to be a manager of his former club.
Arteta while at Arsenal, won the FA Cup twice and also served as team captain in his five year career at the London club. The Spaniard will finally take charge on Sunday, leaving Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge for their game against Everton.
Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League following a home defeat to Manchester City last Sunday, when Arteta was in the dugout for the visitors.
“The first thing is to change the energy,” said Arteta. “Last week I was here and felt a bit down. I have to get all the staff and everyone with the same mindset.
“We have to build the right culture. It’s my job to convince everybody that this is how we are going to live.
“Now we need immediate impact, to win games, raise the level of confidence and we need the fans. We need to engage them, transmit with our behaviours what we want to give to this club. We need to plug these two things together as it’s so powerful.”
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