By Nik Brumsack
Mikel Arteta says he’s enjoying his new role in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.
The Spanish playmaker has had to curb his attacking instincts this season, with Arsène Wenger deploying him as part of a two-man shield in front of the defence.
And Arteta is happy to play in a deeper position if doing so helps the team.
“It is a big transition but it is more a mental thing. The boss is convinced that is the best thing for the team and I am too, so let’s do it,” he told Arsenal Player.
“If it works, and in games like that where you probably think you need a more physical presence but you still create and are able to match the physical ability and the way they play, it reinforces your belief. I am totally happy that is a good way to play.”
A late Laurent Koscielny equaliser preserved Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the season against Manchester City on Sunday. Arteta believes the resilience and attitude of the team has been a catalyst for their solid form.
“The attitude has been spot on and we know it can only be like this,” he said.
“It cannot be any other way for a game or 20 minutes in a game when you relax, because you are going to pay for it and against big teams like this, even more.
“For us, it’s good because we believe that we are as good as them, at least. I think on Sunday we were better than them. If we are, then all we need is consistency.
“Everyone is enthusiastic and you can feel that.”
The Spaniard also had praise for the Arsenal supporters at the Etihad.
“They were fantastic today,” he said. “They were buzzing and were right behind the team from the start. They still believe in us and we have to show [our best] for them.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source