Robin van Persie has backed Arsenal’s five new signings to shine at the Emirates and firmly believes their combined experience is proof that the club now have leaders in every area of the squad.
Having been very short of options at Old Trafford Arsene Wenger’s squad had a distinctly different and more experienced look in yesterday’s win over Swansea with Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun all making their debuts and Ju Young Park and Andre Santos both on the bench.
Reflecting on the late transfer acquisitions, the Dutchman told the official matchday programme that he was confident his new teammates would bring both quality and leadership to the dressing-room.
“We have some new additions that we are very happy about, I followed the transfer deadline day quite closely from Holland, and was in touch with people over here. It was quite crazy really, I followed it like I’m sure all the fans did.
“I met all the new players after coming back from Holland, and of course I knew a few of them from playing against them before anyway.
“They are experienced, so I’m sure that will help them settle in much quicker – especially Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun who already know the Premier League well.
“Per Mertesacker has over 75 caps for Germany, and has played for big clubs in Germany, and Andre Santos has played for Brazil and Fenerbahce, so he certainly knows how to handle pressure.
“Park is the captain of South Korea so I’m sure they will all fit in very quickly here. They are experienced, and they are all leaders, and as I’ve said before, I’m a believer that you don’t just have one captain in the dressing room.
“You should have leaders in every area of the squad, and that’s what it looks like now.”