Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has only been at the Emirates for nine days, but seems to have already lost his head.
Arteta who left his role as assistant manager at Manchester City, has made a bold claim that the London club is the biggest in the country, ahead of ahead of giants such as Manchester United and Liverpool.
‘We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief. This stadium has to create fear again. I used to hate coming here as an opponent, and we need to use that power,” the former Everton man told Sky Sports.
Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and Arteta believes it is the ideal moment to rubber-stamp his sentiments with a win.
“The opponent must be uncomfortable playing here. We need to recover here. ‘It was incredible to play here as an Arsenal player. It is one of the most beautiful, exciting stadiums in the world. When this crowd gets going, and you feel them right behind the team, it’s an incredible place.’
Chelsea’s recent dip in form has allowed Arsenal to revive their hopes of a top four finish and a win today would move the Gunners to within five points of the Blues. Just eight points separate Chelsea in fourth and Arsenal in 12th.
Arsenal are the third most successful club in England behind Liverpool and Manchester United while the Emirates is the third biggest club ground in the Premier League, behind Old Trafford and White Hart Lane.
Onto you Mikel.