Mikel Arteta quote from 2014 shows his Arsenal managerial philosophy was ready

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Mikel Arteta had a vision for Arsenal long before he became their manager.

The former Manchester City coach captained the club at the end of his playing career and went on to work under Pep Guardiola before taking over from Unai Emery.

Gunners supporters have been fully behind their new boss from the outset, and he guided the club to FA Cup glory as well as a narrow Community Shield win over Premier League champions Liverpool.

An interview in which Arteta mentioned his managerial style has now emerged from way back in 2014, and it is clear to see that his outset for how the club should look has been in his head for a long time.

When asked what the idea what his philosophy would be if he had taken over as manager the following day, Arteta said: “My philosophy would be clear.

“I will have everyone 120 per cent committed, that’s the first thing. If not then you don’t play for me.

“When it’s time to work it’s time to work, and when it’s time to have fun then I’m the first one to do it, but that commitment is vital.

“Then I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition.

“We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us.

“I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.”

Arteta’s Arsenal may have missed out on Champions League qualification but hopes around the fanbase are high following a perfect start to the 2020/21 season with a 3-0 win over Fulham.

The former Everton midfielder picked out his debutants for praise after that victory, with Gabriel getting on the scoresheet and Willian setting up two of their three goals.

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He said: "Obviously for Willian. He knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.

"For Gabriel it was a big challenge for him today to come in. He hadn't played any football in the last six months and he had a terrific performance.

"Ideally I wanted to give him some time because he only trained for a few days with the team and physically hasn't played a competitive match for six months, so obviously it was a risk of injury as well.

"But credit to him, he performed well, physically he felt really good and he was very happy to play."

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  • Pep Guardiola

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