Mikel Arteta has outlined his ‘non-negotiables’ at Arsenal as the Spaniard prepares for his first home game in charge since his appointment as the club’s new head coach.
Arsenal host Chelsea this afternoon in a huge meeting between the two London rivals, Arteta taking charge of the club for the first time at the Emirates after beginning his reign with a draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
The Spaniard has previously admitted that some of his demands are non-negotiable and speaking ahead of today’s clash, the 37-year-old has elaborated on those demands as he looks to turn the clubs fortunes around, the Gunners currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League following a disappointing first half to the campaign.
“There are some non-negotiables. The demands we put on the team, the commitment, the energy we put in, that dominance,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief. This stadium has to create fear again. I used to hate coming here as an opponent, and we need to use that power. The opponent must be uncomfortable playing here. We need to recover here.
“It was incredible to play here as an Arsenal player. It’s one of the most beautiful, exciting stadiums in the world. When this crowd gets going, and you feel them right behind the team, it’s an incredible place.
“The moment you jump into this football club, you feel the pressure attached to playing here. The demands is to win, win trophies, to win every three days, be better than your opponents. Those are the standards here, and it can’t be anything different. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past.
“When you have the crowd with you, it’s confidence, it’s belief, you feel protected. You take the handbrake down, and you feel the gas coming out of your veins. You feel big. You can control the situation.
“This club deserves nothing else but excellence. It deserves the best every single day. Everyone who jumps through that door needs to realise that is what we’re going to be requiring.”