Mikel Arteta has very clearly laid out the kind of football he wants Arsenal to play under his watch.
The Spaniard was announced as the new head coach yesterday, an appointment which came exactly three weeks after his compatriot Unai Emery was relieved of his duties.
The 37 year has spent three years working under Pep Guardiola, but with a football education that includes Barcelona, France, Scotland and spells as a player with Everton and the Gunners, he’s got plenty to draw on as he takes his first steps into management.
“There are some things that have to have a blueprint,” he said. “We have to have passion, we have to be dominant, we have to be aggressive. We have to play in the opponent’s territory as much as we want.
“I want the ball, I want to attack them as much as possible, I want to prevent them from attacking me as much as possible.
“As well, I think we have to create the right culture around the club that’s going to make a good living out of the players, create an environment where everybody respects each other, a humility and people have to be accountable for what we want to achieve.
“That’s the basic and then after we can grow from there. Then we can create an identity that I have in my head for this football club.
“But we have to start somewhere to try to build that up.”
After Emery’s approach which focused far more on the opposition than ourselves, it’s a welcome change, but it remains to be seen how long it takes Arteta to implement his ideas, and how many of the players are going to get on board.