What Mikel Arteta said about Arsenal back in 2011 sheds light on his plans for club as he edges closer to top job

What Mikel Arteta said about Arsenal back in 2011 sheds light on his plans for club as he edges closer to top job
Arsene Wenger depicted the summer in which he signed Mikel Arteta from Everton as the "most disturbed since I have been here."

His mind-set had nothing to do with the Spaniard's arrival, obviously, rather the way that the Gunners had gone separate ways with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.

Wenger reacted by signing Arteta in a deal wroth £10million and loaning in Yossi Benayoun, who by then had played for both Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League.

Speaking in 2011, Wenger said: "For us, basically, it is a new start. I expect Arteta to have an immediate impact - and Benayoun. They are players I admire for their technical qualities.

"They are mobile and technically gifted. That's the game we want to play so they should integrate very well.

"Their quality is not questionable. We have a good opportunity now to show that in the coming games."

Arteta would prove to be a great signing for the Gunners, and another shrewd piece of business from Wenger, who showed great faith in him.

It is therefore fitting that seven years on Arteta is the favourite to succeed Wenger at Arsenal, and take the reins from the Frenchman after his 22-year tenure.

Much has been made of Arteta being strongly linked with the job, with Arsenal fans both for and against the idea of hiring an untried boss.

Arteta would prove to be a great signing for the Gunners, and another shrewd piece of business from Wenger, who showed great faith in him.  It is therefore fitting that seven years on Arteta is the favourite to succeed Wenger at Arsenal, and take the reins from the Frenchman after his 22-year tenure.  Much has been made of Arteta being strongly linked with the job, with Arsenal fans both for and against the idea of hiring an untried boss.  But comments the Spaniard made in 2011, shortly after signing for Arsenal, in someway shed light on his vision for the future of the club.
But comments the Spaniard made in 2011, shortly after signing for Arsenal, in someway shed light on his vision for the future of the club.

He said: "I've been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy: the way they play, the way they think that they have to do the job and its always exciting watching Arsenal play.

"I was a Barcelona boy, that was my first team, and they have exactly the same philosophy.

"Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch.

"But I have been watching a few videos and have got some work done before training and hopefully that will help me. I can't wait to start playing."

Remember to get updated through our Direct Notifications via clicking AllOW, and also join us in growing a community of Information by liking our Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Linkedin Twitter

Comments

Most Read