Mikel Arteta says he’s honoured to have been made captain of Arsenal, and has pledged to do his best for his teammates throughout the season.
The Spaniard was appointed after Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Barcelona, and after the Community Shield, he said, “Being captain of Arsenal Football Club is is a big honour, it’s obviously something that doesn’t happen every day.
“It’s a privilege, with a big responsibility, so I will try to stand up and do my best for my players.
“I been there before last season when Thomas was injured and not playing for a long time, so I am used to it. Now I just have to try do my best for my teammates, the manager and the club.”
The new skipper also spoke to the official website about the new signings made this summer, and believes we’ll see a different kind of attacking game from the Gunners this season.
“Attacking-wise this season, we’re going to be different and we’re going to have more of a surprise factor,” he said.
He touched on Alexis, saying, “He has the right attitude here – very humble. He’s going to do well – I think the fans are very excited and I think they are right because we’ve signed some player here.”
And also Costa Rican youngster Joel Campbell, who has obviously caught the eye in training.
“I’m very impressed with Joel. He’s got great feet, great technique, he’s very creative and he’s a young lad who is full of energy and is enthusiastic. He wants to stay here, he wants to make his stamp here and I think the boss is going to give him a chance.”
See what he had to say about David Ospina and Calum Chambers here.