Mikel Arteta ready to replicate Klopp methods in quest for Arsenal success

Mikel Arteta insists he will be following Jurgen Klopp’s benchmark as he bids to lead Arsenal to Premier League success.

The Gunners face the newly-crowned champions at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

It will be the first time the Spaniard has pitted his wits against the German since taking the top job in North London.

Arteta’s men had been on an impressive recent run, before falling to derby defeat at Spurs at the weekend.

But fans are firmly behind their former captain’s plans, as he bids to rebuild the side into one capable of challenging for top honours once more.

And Arteta believes that he – and crucially those who write the cheques at the Emirates – can take lessons from Liverpool's rise under Klopp.

“What they’ve done is phenomenal,” said the Spaniard.

"The first two years took them some time to build the squad and create a new culture, a new philosophy and a game model that suited the coach.

"Then they started recruiting every single player in relation to what they needed and that's where I think they were really smart because they bought a specificity for every position that was required.

"Financially they had a big backing and made some big signings which completely changed the club in my opinion."

That is what Arteta is being challenged to do in North London, after a number of years where the Gunners have struggled to keep pace at the very top of the table.

Does he think he can lead a similar resurgence at the Emirates?

"If you ask me that question in four years and we’re both sitting here and I can tell you ‘yes, we’ve done it’, I will be so happy.

"But I know how many decisions have to be right and how much support you need from the club and the people around, and how much connection you to have to generate from your fans to have the full package, and afterwards it's football.

"The context right now is different to what it was as well four years ago and the abilities for a club to rebuild something is more limited, but it’s certainly something we have to look at and how they did it because it’s a great example.

"But we have to know that we have to do it our way with our resources and have it in mind that the content right now is different, but we are heading to be the best and this is my only objective with this club."

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Defeat to Spurs, combined with Manchester City's European ban being overturned means Arsenal’s chances missing out on European football altogether next term have been enhanced in recent days.

But Arteta insists that continues to be his side’s aim, stating: “European football gives you more financial resources.

“We will try until the end of the season to get that.”

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