Mikel Arteta knows he must live with the pressure of being at Arsenal if he is to perform in a can lead us to somne silverware.
After a solid display in the 1-1 draw in Dortmund, he had his morning’s papers on his move from Goodison to the Ems.He tells the Daily Star: “Winning a trophy or not, sometimes it’s down to very small detail. The important thing is to get the chance, so we have to make sure we’re close. When you play for a club like Arsenal, you’re going to have some pressure. You need to handle it.
“At every club I have been at, I have had pressure and this is not going to be any different at Arsenal. But being under pressure is good as it means people expect something from you. I am happy with the players here, that they can make us good and play some good football.
“The new players need to settle in as quickly as possible and try to help the team in the areas where we are able to. There are five or six new players coming in and we are going to be an important part of the team. Most of the guys came at the last minute, so it’s not something that’s going to happen straight away.
“But when you’ve got the quality, it makes everything easier. The challenge here is to win trophies and at Everton I didn’t have the chance to do that. Hopefully we are going to have it here.”
Arteta tells the Guardian that he spoke to Cesc Fabregas before moving to north London. He said: “We never played together but we know each other because we have some friends in common. was really nice to me and he advised me on two or three things. He told me about the areas to live, about the team-mates, about the club … how good they are … about people at the club. It was really good.”
Oh, and best of luck to PAOK Salonika tonight…