According to a report from ESPN, Mikel Arteta has made it clear to the Arsenal players that he’ll be watching them closely from the stands at Goodison Park today.
The Spaniard’s appointment as head coach came too late for him to take charge of today’s clash against one of his former clubs, so Freddie Ljungberg will be guiding the team from the sidelines.
However, Arteta will be in the stands, and reportedly told the players he’ll paying attention to how they perform, with and without the ball.
It’s said he told them, “I will be in the stands tomorrow at Everton. I want you to know that I will be watching your attitude, your efforts, your body language.
“I will see what you do when we lose the ball, what your attitude is. Also, what you do when we have the ball.”
The 37 year laid bare his footballing philosophy after taking over at a club he captained, and in his press conference yesterday he insisted that anyone who wasn’t on board with his methods would be dispensed with.
“I don’t want them hiding, I want people to take responsibility for their jobs and I want people who deliver passion and energy in the football club.
“Anyone who doesn’t buy into this, or that has a negative effect or whatever, is not good enough for this environment or this culture.
“The first thing is a little bit to change the energy. The direction’s going to be very clear and it’s not going to be negotiable.
“I will need the players to be on board with the right attitude, with the right passion and commitment.”