Mikel Arteta has warned any Arsenal player who doesn’t buy into his philosophy that they’ll be considered “not good enough” to represent the club.
The new Arsenal manager spoke to the press for the first time on Friday, where he outlined his delight and promised to be “ruthless”, like his mentor Pep Guardiola.
Ahead of Arteta’s appointment, senior members of the Arsenal squad voiced concern that the Spaniard wasn’t experienced enough to turn the sinking ship round in north London.
Aubameyang was then linked with a January move away from Arsenal, amid claims he wants to win trophies at a club likely to do so before his career comes to an end.
Arteta didn’t name names in his press conference, but did send a message to any player unwilling to buy into his philosophy to get Arsenal firing once more.
“I want to do things my way by convincing them that this is the right way. I want people who are comfortable with what I’m asking them to do,” said Arteta.
“I want people who deliver passion and energy to the football club. Anybody who doesn’t buy into it is not good enough for this club and culture.
“I need to understand how they’re feeling, what they’re lacking. If I reach that point I can help them, they will trust me and follow me.”
He added: “I don’t want people hiding. I want people taking responsibility for the job. Anybody that doesn’t buy into this is not good enough for this environment or culture.”
Arteta was asked what he had learnt from his mentor at Manchester City, Guardiola.
He responded: “What I have learned mostly [from Pep] is you have to be ruthless and consistent. Every day is important, every act is important.
“The secret is that the people, players and staff have to believe what you are trying to deliver.”
On his relationship with the Man City boss, he added: “It’s incredibly good and obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood.
“He knows how I have been growing. He has been so supportive. I said goodbye to the team, I cried, they were my family.”