What Arsenal can expect from their new manager Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta retired from playing at the end of the 2015/16 season (Picture: Getty)‘My team-mates are always going ‘What are you going to do Miki? You’re going to be a manager, you should be a manager!’‘I know what the job means and I know how hard it is, especially when I look at the boss and see how many hours he puts in here. You need to sacrifice your family all over again, which I’ve done since I was 15.‘But I would love to manage a squad of players and staff – I’ve got it inside me, it’s true, and I want to do it. First of all I want to make the most of my playing career, because I’m 32 and in this game you never know whether you’ll end up carrying on until 34, 35 or 36.‘After that, I’m certainly going to stay involved in football because I think I’ve got something to add. I would like to prove myself, and prove my ideas about managing and encouraging people to do things in the way I believe is best.’What would his philosophy be? Unai Emery constantly tinkered with formations and personnel during his 18 months at the helm (Picture: Getty)‘I think you need to adapt. You can have an idea of a system, but you need to be able to transform it depending on the players you have – how much pace you have up front, how technical your team is, what types of risk you can take and whether your players are ready to take those risks.‘It’s important to analyse your players because you can’t always play the same way. There have to be different details and changes in how you approach things, and you have to look at how you can hurt whoever you are playing against. Is there something they don’t like to do?‘If so, we’re going to make them do plenty of it. Then the most important thing for the manager is that, the Friday before the game, you imagine what’s going to happen on the Saturday. And if what happens on Saturday is not what I had planned, then it’s not been good enough from me.’Who are his biggest managerial influences? Advertisement Advertisement What Arsenal can expect from their new manager Mikel Arteta Mikel Arteta claimed he always knew his former PSG teammate Mauricio Pochettino would become a top manager (Picture: Reuters)‘He has taken a lot of influence from Marcelo Bielsa, who was his coach with Argentina; they used to talk about things a lot, and now you can see that his teams are really aggressive, both when attacking and defending.‘He takes a lot of risks, the players enjoy playing for him, his decisions are always sound and he’s got a good personality. I’ve admired Pochettino ever since I was young; he really looked after me when I was at PSG as well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mikel Arteta is expected to be confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor on Thursday (Picture: Getty)After a nearly a month’s worth of dithering, Arsenal finally appear set to confirm Mikel Arteta as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.The former Paris Saint-Germain coach was put out of his misery following a calamitous Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium, which capped a run of just one win in nine matches.Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg has failed to restore the feel-good factor, or spark an improvement in results, with Sunday’s defeat against Manchester City, a 3-0 drubbing on home soil, spelling out the seismic task Arteta appears ready to take on.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club’s former captain, of course, came close to succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 before the board reneged at the last minute, taking the supposedly risk-free option of appointing a head coach with a proven track record in the shape of Emery.ADVERTISEMENTArteta, now, arguably faces an even tougher job given he is inheriting a horribly unbalanced squad mid-season and is unlikely to be granted significant funds in the January transfer window.The social media utterings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother suggests at least one high-profile member of the Arsenal squad is less than enthralled at the prospect of a novice taking up the reins, but the north London club have overlooked the credentials of more experienced candidates in favour of hoping some of Pep Guardiola’s stardust has rubbed off on his assistant.Aside from his affiliation with Guardiola, little is known about Arteta’s coaching philosophy but the 37-year-old did give Arsenal.com a detailed interview back in 2014 which does shed some light on what supporters could expect once his appointment is confirmed…How long has he been thinking about management? James GoldmanWednesday 18 Dec 2019 4:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Mikel Arteta has been learning his trade under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)‘One is Arsène Wenger, of course – he has a philosophy that he’s never going to change because he really believes in it.‘That is the most important thing, because if you don’t really believe in something then you’ll just change it after one bad result and drive your players crazy. Another is Pep Guardiola, who I’ve known since I was 15.‘The way he sees football is always to look ahead, then further ahead, always improving. Then there’s Mauricio Pochettino – he was my captain at PSG and I always knew he would become a manager. Comment Arsenal’s stars would have to be 120% committed under Mikel Arteta’s regime (Picture: Getty)‘My philosophy will be clear. I will have everyone 120% committed, that’s the first thing. If not, you don’t play for me. When it’s time to work it’s time to work, and when it’s time to have fun then I’m the first one to do it, but that commitment is vital.Then I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition.‘We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100% convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.’What system would he play?