New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta visited the away dressing room prior to Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton and issued a rallying cry to his players.
The Spaniard, who is taking his first steps in management, was officially appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery on Friday, though interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the team one last time at Goodison Park.
Everton themselves announced Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment shortly before the game, with both new bosses in the stands to watch what turned out to be a very dull 0-0 contest.
Arsenal mustered just two shots on target but Arteta had tried to fire them up pre-match, with defender Calum Chambers revealing that he gave a speech prior to kick off.
Asked about Arteta’s dressing room visit, and what he said, Chambers said; “He just wants us to be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. Those were the messages from him. I feel we did that today and now there is more, there is a lot more, we can work on, his philosophy and the things he wants to bring to the team. I’m sure we’ll be working on that this week.”
Arsenal recorded only their third clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Chambers – who was named Man of the Match – was happy with how the Gunners performed.
“A clean sheet away from home at a place like this is never easy. I think we put in a great shift today. It was a young team out there and everyone put in 100% effort.
“Everyone can be proud of their performance. Still, there are things we can work on but it’s a good start for us.’ On the clean sheet.
“This is important for us [the defence] it’s been something we’ve been working hard on. I’m pleased to get a clean sheet today. I’d like to think so it’s a promising group we got to work hard, build on this performance, work on the training ground and keep going,” he added.