Belfast Telegraph

Arteta relishing trophy challenge

Recent signing Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal have the quality to end their trophy drought sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old joined the north Londoners on transfer deadline day from Everton for a reported fee of £10million and made his debut in Saturday's victory against Swansea before featuring in the hard-earned 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Despite only making two appearances and spending little more than two weeks at the club, the Spaniard insists he has seen enough to convince him they could soon end their six-year wait for a trophy, saying: "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."

He added: "The difference between winning trophies and not can sometimes be very small details. The important thing is to get there because, when you do, you have a chance. We have to make sure we are close."

While several other players joined the Gunners at the end of the transfer window, much of the focus is on Arteta to see whether he can take up the mantle of playmaker after Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left for pastures new.

Arteta admits he revels in such pressure and revealed that he spoke to Fabregas after moving to the Emirates Stadium.

"I talked to him the day after I signed the contract and he helped me on two or three things," he said. "He was really nice to me.

"He advised me on the areas to live, about the team-mates, about the club and how good they are, the people at the club. It was very good.

"With a club like Arsenal, you are going to be under pressure and you need to handle it and try your best.

"At every club I have been at, I have had pressure and this is not going to be any different. But being under pressure is good as it means people expect something from you."


From Belfast Telegraph