MIKEL ARTETA is prepared to be “ruthless” just like Pep Guardiola after taking over at Arsenal.
And the ex-Manchester City No 2 warned Gunners flops to change their attitude — or GO.
He said: “What I mostly learned from Pep Guardiola is that you have to be ruthless and you have to work every day to create a winning mentality.”
The new Gunners boss addressed the squad at the club’s London Colney training ground just hours after signing his £5million-a-year contract until the summer of 2023.
Arteta made it clear what he is expecting from the players who have won one of their last 12 games.
He said: “I want people to take responsibility for their jobs and people who deliver passion and energy.
“Anyone who doesn’t buy into this, or who has a negative effect, is not good enough for this environment or this culture.
“I need to understand how they’re feeling and what they’re lacking. If I reach that point then I can help them to trust me and follow me.
“A lot of external things happened over the past few months that has had a knock-on effect on the team, their relationships and the perception people have of them as a team.
“They need to be united because that dressing room is untouchable.
“Respect issues have to be addressed. If they want to follow that they are in. If not, they are out.”
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Arteta has only spoken briefly to interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, who takes charge of today’s clash with Everton.
The Spaniard added: “I said, ‘You know them, you’ve trained with them, do what you feel is right’.”
Arsenal have paid City around £2m in compensation for their new chief.