Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the demands he will place on his new squad are ‘non-negotiable’ as he prepares to begin his reign at the Emirates.
The former Arsenal captain rejoined his old side last week as their new head coach, Arteta succeeding the sacked Unai Emery and taking his first role in senior management after spending the past three seasons on the coaching staff at Manchester City.
The Spaniard’s first game in charge comes on Boxing Day when the Gunners travel to the South Coast to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and Arteta says he has outlined his ambitions for the side this week, insisting there will be no compromising over his demands as he bids to bring success to the North London side.
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“I think that we have a really good team with a lot to improve,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference.
“The two things I demanded they done so it was a good starting point.
“They have a bit of the picture that I expect from them.
“We are much more committed. The body language was much better and they had much more passion. That is non-negotiable.”