Mikel Arteta fires warning message to doubters after shock Arsenal transfer

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Mikel Arteta fires warning message to doubters after shock Arsenal transfer

Mikel Arteta is confident that Jorginho will be a successful acquisition for Arsenal, despite skepticism from fans regarding the transfer deadline deal.

The 31-year-old Italy international has signed a contract with Arsenal for 18 months following his £12 million transfer from Chelsea.

Willian underperformed at Arsenal after crossing the London divide, and David Luiz had mixed results, prompting some fans to question another aging Chelsea signing.

“Every time you sign a player you generate some debate,” Arteta said.

“Maybe they don’t have experience, maybe they are too young, maybe he’s not that well known or whatever. We have some criteria and we do a lot of work behind the scenes to try to understand exactly the profile that we need.

“This is football. Unfortunately you don’t always get it right but we put all the work and intention to make it work. I am confident that this one will be good.”

The Italy international of Brazilian descent was Arsenal’s third January signing, following Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior.

“I am happy because I think we have added versatility, quality and leadership to the squad,” Arteta said. “And now we have to prove it. We have to give those players the chance to give a different edge to the team, to give us more options and have more capacity to change games and rotate the squad, because it is going to be needed. That is something we have to prove now.”

Arteta is aware of the threat posed by his former club as the leaders of the Premier League face 19th-placed Everton in a Saturday lunchtime kickoff at Goodison Park.

Arsenal have already dropped points to rock-bottom Southampton this season.

“Every game in this league is extremely difficult,” he said. “At Southampton we weren’t at our best although we had chances to win it and we didn’t take them. Everton are going to ask different questions of us to Manchester United, for example, but, for sure, they will be difficult questions to answer.

“After tomorrow, from the bottom of my heart I wish them all the very best, but we are looking to get something at Everton this time.

“Especially because of the years that I had there, the gratitude I feel towards the club, the love I feel towards the club. I hope they can turn this around in the best possible way because [to] everybody who has feelings for Everton they are unique and very special and they deserve the best.”

Since October 2017, the Toffees have not lost to the Gunners on Merseyside in three of the clubs’ last four meetings.

“I am hopeful that we are going to do it but again we have to show that tomorrow,” Arteta added. “It is something that we have not done in the last few years. We have lost games in situations and actions that are not good enough and tomorrow we are going to have to play at a really high level to earn the right to win the game.”

The Toffees will have a new manager in Sean Dyche, but many fans believe the club’s disorganized administration makes it impossible for any coach to succeed.

“I think for any club, when you have ownership, directors, the manager, players, staff all on board, with the same direction, the same purpose and really pushing in the same way and rhythm, without having to be looking around, it’s very powerful,” Arteta said. “On the contrary it’s really damaging and really difficult to build on anything you want to build on.”

Mikel Arteta fires warning message to doubters after shock Arsenal transfer

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