Mikel Arteta: ‘I’m not a dictator’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has defended himself by denying he is a ‘dictator’ following the removal of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as club captain. The Gunners boss was speaking ahead of the clubs Boxing Day match against Norwich City and was asked about his managerial approach.

Asked by a journalist from the Sun if he was ‘being a bit too uncompromising, in terms of maybe, sticking to his principles too much’, Arteta responded by defending his decision and approach to coaching:

“I do not establish my authority by being dictatorial or ruthless. I just ask for one thing: respect and commitment,” the Arsenal boss said.

“At this level, if I don’t get that, I will pack my bags and go somewhere else because that is the minimum I can ask for.

“I am going to expect that from everybody who works for the club. First of all from myself, and the day I don’t do that I will walk through that door and go and do something else. It as clear as that.

“To be successful you have to be passionate about something and want to represent a club of this size, with its history. That is the minimum standard you have to bring.

“I am not going to ask anybody to put the ball in the top corner every time they hit it, but I will ask them to do the right things every single day for this club.”