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Ruthless Arteta: 5 major talking points from first interview

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Mikel Arteta, on Saturday, watched from the Goodison Park’s stand his new side 0-0 apathetic draw with Everton.

Less than 24 hours earlier, addressing journalists for the first time as a manager, Mikel Arteta gave a spirited message – not one that would necessarily translate to success, but one, all Arsenal fans deserve to hear – a message of hope.

Conspicuously, the biggest question the 37-year-old, who’s currently the youngest manager in the English Premier League was expected to answer was the one on the lack of his managerial experience; this concern is genuine, but he allayed the fear – ‘If I didn’t feel ready, I won’t be sitting on this chair.’

Raising the players’ spirits and restoring the club’s identity on the tactical side look the two biggest projects on Arteta’s desk for the short period, but from his first press conference, here are the five major talking points:

Less of DNA, more of Arteta positioning himself for the job: The Spaniard, who many great coaches have spoken highly of was offered a coaching role at Arsenal in 2015 aftermath his announcement to quit football, but his foresight to reject the offer and work under Pep Guardiola, who’s arguable, the best manager around, would always be a concomitant to land him a job he’d always had his sight on. “I said to the people that I am going outside, I’m going to learn, I am going to get prepared and hopefully one day I can come back here when I feel that I am ready to make that step,” Arteta, who captained Arsenal from 2013-15 told journalists.

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Lack of experience, he passed the first phase of the hurdle: His pedigree to lead the charge considering his age and lack of experience would obviously be the major hurdle; he passed the first phase of the hurdle on Friday when he’d to pipe down the worries “I completely understand their concern.” Arteta said, on lack of work experience. “That’s the only thing I can say but I will try to convince them that I’m prepared, that I wouldn’t be sitting here if I honestly didn’t think I’m prepared to take this responsibility. I will burn every drop of blood for this football club to make it better. I have so much respect for this football club that if I didn’t feel that I am ready, I am prepared for this, then I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair.”

Fans should expect departures of favourites next summer: To be “ruthless” Arteta answered, on the biggest advice he got from his former boss. An inexperienced Guardiola upon taking the wheel in Barcelona, facilitated the exit of some fan favourites to instil his philosophy. Ronaldinho topped that list, and he melted same stick when he arrived at Manchester City, with Yaya Toure at the cog of the stick. The same faiths seem unavoidably looming at the Emirate.  “I have to try and convince the players about what I want to do, how I want to do it, they have to start accepting a different process, a different way of thinking. Anyone who doesn’t buy into this, or that has a negative effect or whatever, is not good enough for this environment or this culture,” the new Arsenal manager said.

Arteta on the wheel, the hope of restoring lost identity: After 22 years of free flow football under Arsene Wenger, no fans could ever envisage tactical shift would be that fast. The club’s identity looks lost under Unai Emery. Arteta, who partly agreed the club has lost its way has promised to restore Arsenal’s tactical identity, but the first process would be him knowing what went wrong in the last 18 months. On whether the club has lost its way, he answered: “That’s what I’m sensing from the outside. I would like to start to make some steps and start to understand the reasons why. There will be reasons behind it, and a history behind it, and I have to try to understand quickly why this is, to implement certain things that will be quick wins, for the players, the staff and everybody. That is the challenge now.

A shocking call on Ozil’s future might be mad: Nothing authorities at At Arsenal crave better right now than Mesut Ozil’s exit – his wage has been a burden for the club. The plans to freeze the former German international out of the team under Emery failed, and that made a hero of him: fans were appalled at the abysmal treatment being melted to the German, but after some few games since he’d been restored to the team, many quarters of the fan base also crave the Arsenal No. 10 exit. On his former teammate future, in a somewhat disappointing response for many, Arteta responded: “I work with him and I know when he clicks, what he can bring to the team. It’s my job to get the best out of him, of course.”

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