Mikel Arteta FULL Pre-Match Press Conference – Bournemouth v Arsenal – SUBTITLES

Mikel Arteta FULL Pre-Match Press Conference – Bournemouth v Arsenal – SUBTITLES


What did you learn about your new team from the stands? “I think we have a really good team with a lot of things to improve and the two things I demanded from them, they done. They committed to something and did it so it was a good starting point.” What’s your priority in training? “Yesterday’s session was for the players that weren’t involved in the game so we couldn’t do much with them but we used the time to implement some ideas I want to bring to the team straight away and some behaviours that are going to be important to achieve what we want. “Today was more about the principles, the style and the way I want the team to play. Overall they have a bit of the picture that I’m expecting in different situations of the game and it was useful.” Do you have any injury news? “No.” Did you see a changes in the side’s energy levels at Everton? “I did. I think we are much more committed, we have a different kind of aggression when we lose the ball, the body language was much better than the past few games and they played with more passion. “Obviously there are things to improve but those are non-negotiable for every game, training session and the way we’re going to live together.” Can you give us an update on Freddie Ljungberg and your backroom staff? “I spoke to Freddie after the game and I told him my ideas with who I wanted to form my coaching staff and I wanted to know what he was feeling, what he had in mind and his expectations. “We talked and decided that the best thing was for him to stay with us. I think he can be very valuable, he knows the players, the situation and the history of where we are coming from and his knowledge of the game will only help.” Did you know him well before? “I knew him a little bit and I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter with new ideas and new ways of doing things but I got a really good impression. He’s ready to help and was very positive.” He said he would’ve dropped Ozil even if he was fit, what did you make of that and does that suggest there is a problem with Mesut’s attitude? “I don’t know, that’s a question you have to ask him. I just wanted him to make the decision to pick the best possible lineup to win against Everton. “My job started straight after the game to pick the players up mentally and put them in the work frame that I want. “With me, they have a clean sheet I told them. You’re not going to be judged on what you’ve done in the past whether it’s negative or positive. This is evolving everyday and I’m expecting you to perform and be in the right mindset every single day for me. “If you do that, you have a chance to play, if you don’t, you won’t.” Arsenal have dropped points against teams in the bottom half, will you look at the mentality of the team at Bournemouth? “We will try to put the most competitive team against that team. We know how tricky that stadium is and how complicated they are going to make it for us but we have to be ready. “We analyse opponents, we have to try to nullify them as much as possible, and make, as I said before, as predictable as possible for us so when our players jump in that pitch they know what they are facing. Have you discussed January transfers with the hierarchy? “We had many other conversations, there is so much going on in the last 48 hours. We have a meeting in place very soon, we have some ideas, but we have to pull them together.” Do yesterday’s events mean players will have to walk off the pitch or clubs are docked points? “I think if it continues, obviously at some stage another kind of reaction will be needed. “We have some protocols at the moment about how we have to behave towards it, but the message to drive it out, and to be strong with it, has to be even stronger than what happened yesterday. Have you had a chance to enjoy being back? “Absolutely! It’s an incredible opportunity. There is so much work to do, and I just try to embrace everybody here at the training ground and explain what my idea is, what I want to try to do and I need them all on board. “Everything we have been doing in the last few days, all the talks and meetings, is to get people to jump on board with the right energy, the right idea and we need them. We need them to help the players and transmit what we want to do. “So far I’m very happy with what I’ve seen on that.” What is the priority for you right now? “The priority, as I said before, is what we are going to transmit on the team, is a reflection of the demands we are going to put on them every day in training. That’s commitment, accountability, aggression and passion to play this sport and to represent this football club “This is the basic I am going to demand from them, and from there we can start to build things and improve all the things, obviously, that have to be done as quickly as possible, but if we don’t have this in the right manner, I think it will be difficult.” How impressed are you with Eddie Howe? “Very much. He started at the age he started as well is a good reflection for me on what he’s done. He comes across really well, I have met him many times and we have played against each other many times, so he is a coach that I like, that I look to, and that I value the work he’s done. Because it’s not easy at all to maintain that level for that many years.” Will your preparation be similar to Pep Guardiola’s? “Yes.” How much do you think you did as a No.2. at Manchester City? “I helped as much as I could. To put that into figures is not something I would like to do, but I gave everything I had to try to improve the club, the organisation and the players and to create the right environment and give the solutions to the players to feel more secure to know exactly what I wanted to do. “To give guidance, to give help to Pep, avoiding as many problems as I could, jumping into his door. That was one of the biggest challenges as well and to enjoy the profession.” Are the Arsenal players told how to behave if they are confronted with racism? “Yes, I was discussing that. Right now, there’s a protocol in place that has to be guided. I think every context and every situation is different, so it’s difficult to react because emotionally a player can react in many different ways to the same situation but yes, we have to be ruthless with this as well and we have to take that out of the game.”