It’s still early days for his career in the dugout, but Mikel Arteta has already established a clear management style.
Central to his mantra is total dedication from his players – and certainly no nonsense which could upset the harmony of the squad.
This is why he was eager to offload Mesut Ozil when he felt his commitment was lacking, and why Matteo Guendouzi was exiled after an act of petulance against Brighton last June.
Even club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not exempt from Arteta’s disciplinary procedures and found himself on the bench for the north London derby on Sunday after he was late to a team meeting before the game.
The Gunners boss is keen to draw a line under the incident and Aubameyang will keep hold of his duties as skipper.
But Arteta’s message to the squad is clear: anything less than 100 per cent commitment will not be permitted.
makes Martin Odegaard request’ to Arsenal board ahead of transfer talks
Mikel Arteta has reportedly informed the Arsenal board he wants to keep Martin Odegaard at the club beyond the end of his loan spell after being impressed by the midfielder’s impact.
The Norwegian star was on target for the Gunners in the North London Derby win over rivals Tottenham on Sunday to follow up his goal against Olympiakos in midweek.
And it seems that has been enough to convince Arteta to try and make the move permanent if a deal can be done.
Odegaard’s loan is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he is expected to return to Real Madrid.
However, Madrid’s difficult financial situation could tempt them into offloading the 22-year-old to fund new signings of their own.
Qualification for the Europa League next season is also imperative to help boost the transfer kitty, though Arsenal could raise some cash by selling the likesof Lucas Torreira.
Arteta raved about Odegaard’s qualities following the 2-1 victory over Spurs.
“He’s got a real stamina and he’s so talented, but his work-rate is incredible,” the Gunners’ boss said. “Not only that, he’s intelligent. The timing of his runs, when he presses, his body shape.
“I’m really impressed and he had an incredible performance today. He’s giving us something different and it’s making us better.”