MIKEL ARTETA wants to create his own United Nations at Arsenal after vowing to crack down on any dressing-room cliques.
The signing of £45million Gabriel Jesus means that Arsenal now have seven Portuguese speakers in their squad.
Jesus has joined Martinelli, Gabriel, Marquinhos and the rest of the Arsenal squad at training this weekCredit: Getty
But Arteta warns against break-off groups in an attempt to unite the entire squadCredit: Getty
But Arteta has made it clear that he expects all of his players to communicate in English — after having to deal with German and French-speaking factions.
Arteta declared: “I don’t want any Brazilian group and I don’t want a Portuguese group.
“The important thing for me is that they unite with the entire squad. I want a team that is fully integrated so they can build a strong and trusting relationship between each other.
“Obviously you will have more chemistry between some players than between others and it’s important for new players to have somebody they have already spent time with who understands your culture.
“But for sure we will promote that integration between all of them.”
He says: “Gabby’s first quality is his character, the person, the smile and what he represents as a human being.
“He’s an incredible professional with his work ethic, enthusiasm and the atmosphere he is going to create on the training pitch.
“I think he will set different standards at the club because he is only used to winning.
“He is only 25-years-old, which is still very early for a striker, but he’s had so many experiences over the last six years which have made him the player he is today.
“He’s gone through difficult patches where he wasn’t playing a lot of football but he has always shown passion, hunger and desire. And that’s what makes him so special.
“He’s played as a left wing, a right wing, a number nine and a false nine.
That versatility is one of the qualities we want in our front players.
“We have a very dynamic team up front. We have three or four players who can play in various positions and different formations.
“We want to be unpredictable but at the time be specific to achieve certain qualities that we didn’t have in the squad. And with Gabby we are doing both at the same time.”
Arteta is equally confident that rookie playmaker Vieira can also have a significant impact despite completing only one full season at Porto before his recent £30million move.
He says: “When I started to look at Fabio I said this is a player that represents the way I want to play.
“It’s not so long ago that he made his debut with Porto but we were really impressed with his maturity and he fits in with our model so I am really excited to have him.”
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