Mikel Arteta believes he should not have to ‘convince’ players to join Arsenal and admits he is only interested in signing players with a desire to play for the club.
The north London side have been linked with a host of targets ahead of the summer transfer window as Arteta looks to strengthen his squad at the Emirates, though significant spending is likely to be limited following the suspension of football amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As well as additions, there remains an uncertainty over the future of several first-team stars including captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Arteta has emphasised the importance of having players committed to the cause.
Speaking in an interview with former Gunners’ star Ian Wright, the Spaniard outlined his plans in the transfer market and insists he only wants to sign, or indeed keep players, who are desperate to play for a club of Arsenal‘s stature.
“The moment we mention Arsenal, Ian you know what it means around the world,” Arteta told Wright. “Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.
“It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point. If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit.
“It has to be ‘what do we have to do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values the style of play that I want’. That’s the kind of emotion I want to hear at the start.
“The same with the players that are here. Once you finish what are the feelings you have towards the club? That’s what really interests me.”