Arteta confident ahead of Arsenal debut

New Arsenal signing Mikel Arteta is confident that the London side can have a good season, and has stated that his new club have strength in depth in all positions.

Arsene Wenger’s men have started their 2011-12 campaign slowly, getting just one point from their first three game, and with the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas Gunners fans are starting to worry.

However, with four new faces brought in on transfer deadline day, including Arteta, the Spaniard believes the future for the Emirates’ outfit is bright.

“I think we’ve got some experience there from all of the new signings and we have strength in all positions of the team, which is important as we’re going to be playing in four competitions. Hopefully they can all add something different to the team and get the team performing better,” he told the club’s television channel.

“I’ve got the right experience in England and I can help the team and the young lads here, and I think I’ve got the best three or four years of my career ahead.”

The midfielder was full of praise for Arsenal attacking and free-flowing style of play, and hopes to adapt to this as soon as possible.

“I’ve been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy: the way they play, the way they think that they have to do the job and its always exciting watching Arsenal play.

“I was a Barcelona boy, that was my first team, and they have exactly the same philosophy. In England there is no better team to watch than Arsenal.

“Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch; I can’t wait to start playing,” he concluded.

Arsenal take on Swansea at the Emirates on Saturday, and with Jack Wilshere’s injury Arteta is widely expected to take a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.