While there are reasons to believe that Mikel Arteta is going to do some big things as Arsenal manager, it’s also fair to think that things haven’t exactly gone to plan yet. The primary issue has been the abundance of draws that we’ve seen and the lack of, well, quality in the first team.
That sounds bizarre given some of the names that regularly feature for the Gunners but pretending like they’re anywhere close to where they need to be is just wrong.
One person who has been able to see Arteta day in and day out in the early stages of his tenure is none other than David Luiz who can also be described as a newbie given that the only came in towards the end of the summer transfer window last year.
“He knows football, he knows inside the pitch,” David Luiz told Arsenal Player. “He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody.
“What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy, I really believe we can do something big this year and in the future, so I’m really, really happy because we have our way to go. This way, is it going to be a hard way? Yes. Is it going to be difficult to achieve? Yes, but it’s possible. Yes, it’s possible.
“The first thing is to believe. If you don’t dream, and you don’t believe, then your dream is impossible. To do something, I think the first thing is you have to dream, and then you believe you can do it, then after to study how to do it, and then to understand during this process you’re going to have some good moments and some difficult moments but you can never change your mind, you can never change your mentality and you will always have to come back to the beginning and understand.”
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…