December 5, 2022

Mikel Arteta’s primary job is to restore Arsenal’s identity, according to defender Calum Chambers.

Former Gunners midfielder Arteta officially took up his role as manager on Sunday, succeeding Unai Emery with the club in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Arteta was in the directors’ box for Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton on Saturday, which laid bare the deficiencies in the current Arsenal side.

Chambers said:

“We just need to get our identity back. I know he wants to do that. It will take time but I know he can get that out of us.

“We’re all excited to work with him, that’s the main feeling around the camp. He came in (on Friday) and said some words, said some more before the game. We all showed good spirit.

“He said that we put into play what he wanted from us. The message before the game was be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. We did that on the pitch.

“He said afterwards it’s a good start and there’s things to work on. He was proud of the way we worked and how we worked hard.”

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