Arsenal are the ‘biggest club in England’, insists new manager Mikel Arteta ahead of Chelsea match

Arteta believes Arsenal are the ‘biggest’ side in the county and has outlined his ambition to bring the club’s disillusioned fans back on board

Adam Hamdani
Sunday 29 December 2019 13:59
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New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has declared that results must improve because the north London side are “the biggest football club in England”.

Arteta this month replaced the sacked Unai Emery and presided over a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in his first match in charge.

Arsenal are currently in the lower half of the Premier League table, with the Gunners in danger of missing out on Champions League football for a fourth consecutive season.

But Arteta believes Arsenal are the “biggest” side in the county and has outlined his ambition to bring the club’s disillusioned fans back on board.

“We need to connect the team with the fans again,” he told Sky Sports. “I sense in the last few seasons there has been a big disconnection, and we are losing a lot of power.

“I said before that they are probably the most important part of the football club, and we need to get them on board, we need to convince them, and we need to be able to transmit what we are trying to do with the team.

“Hopefully on Sunday they will start to see some things where they think: ‘OK, I take this on board, I start to like a few things!’ The process is going to take some time, but I hope we can start to engage them again.

“I think things happened in the last two seasons that have a strong say on the situation. If the fans can see an identity close to what they are used to seeing with Arsenal, they will be on board.”

“There are some non-negotiables. The demands we put on the team, the commitment, the energy we put in, that dominance.

“We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief. This stadium has to create fear again. I used to hate coming here as an opponent, and we need to use that power.”

Arteta added that Arsenal “deserve nothing but excellence”.

“The moment you jump into this football club, you feel the pressure attached to playing here. The demand is to win, win trophies, to win every three days, be better than your opponents.

“Those are the standards here, and it can’t be anything different. When you have the crowd with you, it’s confidence, it’s belief, you feel protected.

“This club deserves nothing else but excellence. It deserves the best every single day. Everyone who jumps through that door needs to realise that is what we’re going to be requiring.”

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