After days and days of speculation, Arsenal finally confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard joins us on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Manchester City and will take charge of the squad on Sunday.
Arteta was presented to the media for the first time as Arsenal’s manager today and he was brilliant. The former skipper was honest about the club’s problems, showed his emotional side and was ruthless at the same time.
The Spaniard was adamant that the players need to adapt to his ideas. He was extremely clear about his expectations and although he didn’t say it out loud, the message was loud and clear – “You either play my way or you can leave.”
Arteta was open about the negativity around the club. He wants everybody involved to work their socks off for a common goal. The ambitions were clear – Arsenal should be in Europe and we should be winning trophies.
His mentality and confidence in his very first press conference was absolutely flawless. His appointment is still, without doubt, a massive gamble but if his words are anything to go by, Arsenal have found the perfect man for the job.
Edu, Raul Sanllehi, Vinai Venkatesham and the Kroenke’s all deserve a humungous amount of credit. It would have been very easy to go for a safer option in Carlo Ancelotti or stuck with Ljungberg till the end of the season.
However, the board have shown some serious ambition for once and long may it continue. They still have to back him constantly for the next two years irrespective of how the results go. Players who don’t want to stay have to be sold and he should be given the funds to bring in whoever he sees fit.
Fans have to back Arteta
The fans have to stay patient. Arsenal are, in some ways, in a crisis which cannot be solved overnight. A few results might not go our way but we need to stand by the team and believe in the new ideas that will eventually come good.
Arteta’s first game will be a tricky away fixture at Bournemouth on Thursday. A win there will give us a ton of confidence for the Spaniard’s first home game which is a massive London derby against Chelsea in the final game of the year.
A new era begins at Arsenal on Sunday. With more than half of the season still left to play, top-four is very much achievable. The Europa League is also up for grabs as is the FA Cup which are both hugely realistic targets that could set Arteta on his way to greatness.