Mikel Arteta say it’s a “huge honour” to be Arsenal’s new head coach after the club confirmed he’ll take over the position on Sunday.
The Spaniard has been learning the ropes under Pep Guardiola for the last three and a half seasons since drawing time on his career after five years as a player at the Emirates.
On his accession to the Gunners throne, the 37-year-old admitted he has a big job on his hands.
“This is a huge honour,” he told Arsenal.com. “Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.
“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
He added: My first task will be to get to know the players better and get them playing the kind of fast-flowing, attacking football that Arsenal supporters around the world want to see.”
Arteta is understood to have gone through a rigorous interview process – he did the same in 2018 but was overlooked on that occasion – and is said to have been the standout candidate from a strong field.
We’re very pleased to welcome his impeccable hair back to Arsenal.