Ex-Arsenal player Arteta becomes London club head coach

Ex-Arsenal player Arteta becomes London club head coach

Three weeks after Arsenal sacked Unai Emery, the Gunners have finally appointed a new boss.

Arteta played more than 100 times for Arsenal - his final club before retiring.

So, while Arteta has never managed a club before, he has certainly been learning from one of the best in the business.

"I've been preparing for a few years for this challenge to come".

"He knows how I've been growing and the needs that I had, emotionally, the ambitions that I had".

Arteta has previously spent five years as a player at Arsenal and was the Gunners' club captain till his retirement in 2016.

Arsenal suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City last weekend in the Premier League and this time they head to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

"This is a huge honour", said Arteta. "Last week I was here and felt a bit down". We have to build a culture to sustain the rest. Together with Per Mertesacker, he has done a vital job for us in hard circumstances. We need to start winning games and raising the level of confidence of the players. "I'd like to understand the reasons why... to implement certain things that are quick wins for the players, staff and everybody". "We need to plug these two things together as it's so powerful".

Arteta is no stranger to seeing players shoehorned in at left-back, with Guardiola having used Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko there at City to cover Benjamin Mendy.

When he takes charge for the Boxing Day fixture at Bournemouth, he will become Arsenal's youngest manager since Terry Neill, who was 34 when he led the Gunners in 1976.

The top four is not yet out of reach, with Arsenal seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and Arteta will have another route into the Champions League via the Europa League, with the Londoners facing Olympiakos in the last 32.

However, the club have moved the news conference to Friday, giving no information about who will face the media.

"I would like to start to make some steps and start to understand the reasons why". We have to create the right vibe.

"The ambition of this football club is very clear".

"I will try to convince them I am prepared".

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