Mikel Arteta first speech after appointed as Arsenal head coach
Arsenal has appointed Mikel Arteta as head coach last day following contracts talks held for three weeks, the former Gunners player is so grateful to return home.
“They have to accept a different process of thinking. We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If we don’t have the right culture then the tree is going to shake,” he said.
Arsenal signed Arteta for 3-year contract, he was assistant coach of Manchester City working with Pep Guardiola for three years, from 2016 up to 2019.
Some pundits believe Arsenal takes great risk of hiring him because he has no any managerial experience, but the 37-year-old says: “I completely understand their concerns. I will give every drop of blood for this football club to make it better.
“If I didn’t feel ready for this football club, I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair.”
Asked what the job means to him, Arteta added: “I feel back at home. I am extremely happy and proud to have been given the opportunity to be the manager of this football club.
“I have been preparing for a few years for this challenge to come. I know the expectations, I know the level and I know the stature of this club and what it deserves.
“I am ready for that challenge and I can’t wait to get started and work with the players and everyone at the club.
“I have got a good vibe. I am sensing a good energy today since I walked in.”
When asked what his priorities are, Arteta said: “The first thing is to change the energy.
“We have to try and engage everybody. I need to convince the players what I want to do and how I want to do it.
“They have to accept a different process of thinking. I want everyone at the club with the same mindset.
“We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If we don’t have the right culture then the tree is going to shake.
“My job is to convince everyone that this is how we are going to live and if you want to be part of this organisation then it is on these terms and in this way.
“We need an immediate impact, to raise the confidence of the players and finally we need the fans.”