Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has spoken of his delight at signing for Arsenal and hopes this year can bring trophies, the Guardian reports.
The 29-year-old only has four trophies to his name in his career, three of these coming in the 2002-2003 season at Rangers and the other is the UEFA Intertoto Cup which he won with PSG in 2001 while on loan at the club. The Spanish midfielder is hoping for a swift change in fortune after making the switch to London.
Arteta said: ‘The challenge here is to win trophies and at Everton I didn’t have the chance to do that. Hopefully we are going to have it here and we can make it. Can we win something this year? Sometimes it comes down to a very small detail, so the important thing is to get the chance. We have to make sure that we’re close.’
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Benayoun explains Gunners move.
Yossi Benayoun has quashed rumours that his move to Arsenal was a panic move and insists a deadline-deal had been agreed with Chelsea, Sky Sports reports
The Israel captain had talks with a host of other clubs, one of these being former team Liverpool, before deciding on staying in London with Arsenal.
‘There was an agreement between me and Chelsea that we would wait until then because they wanted to bring in another player – either Meireles or Modric,’ Benayoun said. ‘I had a few good options from clubs in England and outside. There was a few talks with Liverpool. A few teams but as soon as I heard about Arsenal my mind was made up.’
It seems likely that Benayoun’s season-long loan deal to Arsenal will be made permanent at the end of the season as Chelsea are set to move again for Luka Modric both in January and the summer.
Rice: Result signals change of fortunes.
Arsenal’s Assistant Manager Pat Rice believes the clubs fortunes are on the turnaround after the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund, BBC Sport reports.
Rice is sure that after the win over Swansea and a good first away result in the Champions League at Dortmund, the Gunners’ can change their season around after a terrible start.
‘It seemed, especially the win over Swansea on Saturday, was our start of the season,’ Rice said. ‘The players we have acquired are very, very good players.’
Arsenal takes on Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday hoping to string a sequence of unbeaten games together.