Mikel Arteta has clearly shown how he has drastically changed the culture and mentality at Arsenal as he approaches four years in the job.
In response to a significant method employed by Jurgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta has offered his perspective as both Arsenal and Liverpool vie for the 2023/24 Premier League title, with Manchester City having secured their third consecutive championship earlier this year. Both the Gunners and Liverpool have bolstered their squads in key positions, and Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham, currently leading the table, could also pose a threat in the title race.
Klopp and Arteta have a history of intense encounters on the sidelines, with their most recent clash occurring in March 2023 when Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead at Anfield. Despite the valuable point earned against Klopp’s team following a second-half onslaught, this result marked the beginning of a four-game winless streak that ultimately cost Arsenal the title, handing it to Manchester City.
Prior to the 2022/23 season, Arteta’s team was not widely expected to contend for the title. However, through months of behind-the-scenes efforts, Arsenal found themselves in a position to consistently challenge for top honors. When Arteta arrived, he recognized the need for a culture change and took it upon himself to raise the standards. He also assumed responsibility for the departures of players who didn’t fit into his plans.
Speaking on the Men in Blazers podcast, Arteta expressed his perspective on the players who have been at Arsenal during his tenure, saying, “I always felt that every single player that has been here was my player. I made a decision to come here and I knew the players and the squad, and I always considered them my players. If they are no longer here, it’s because I failed to bring out the best in them, and that’s my responsibility.”
With significant changes taking place at Arsenal, Arteta was asked to describe his team in one word. In response, he was reminded of Klopp’s relentless Liverpool side from years ago, which the Liverpool manager had described as “intensity.”
“If I had to describe the team in one word, it would be joy, enjoyment has to be there, if I’m here and the players don’t enjoy what they do, I should go home.” We are here to win, and a lot of things will happen that will effect the results, but the players who play for us must enjoy what they do every day. They must expect it, and they must push themselves every day, but they must also enjoy it.”