Mikel Arteta has revealed that Cesc Fabregas has been giving him advice on how to handle the pressure at Arsenal this season, as he aims to help end the side’s six-season long silverware drought.
Arteta was one of five of Arsene Wenger’s last minute signings on deadline day, with the Gunners manager hoping to bolster the squad after Fabregas left for a long-awaited move to Barcelona.
And the midfielder said that he has spoken to Fabregas on a few occasions, and understands the new expectations that have been placed on him.
"I talked to him the day after I signed the contract. He advised me on two or three things and he was really nice to me," Arteta said.
"He told me about the areas to live, about the team, about the club, how good they are, about the people at the club. It was really good.
"When you play for a club like Arsenal, you're going to have some pressure. You need to handle it, try your best. Every club that I've been at, there has been pressure but I think pressure is something positive.
"That means that people are expecting something from you. I don't mind. I am happy with the players here, that they can make us good and to play some good football.”
Arteta admitted that at Everton a trophy haul was not expected, but at Arsenal it’s a very different story.
"The challenge here is to win trophies. At Everton, I didn't have the chance to do that.
"Hopefully we are going to have it here and we can make it," he continued.
"They have been so close. Winning a trophy or not - sometimes it's down to a very small detail, so the important thing is to get the chance so we have to make sure we're close.
"I will try my best. That's all I can do. Pressure means that people expect something from you. When I am on the pitch, I don't think about anything other than helping my teammates and helping the team to win."
Arsenal have made a disappointing start to the season, with the Gunners currently sitting 12th in the Barclays Premier League table. The side face Blackburn away this weekend, and desperately need to get more points on the board as they look to challenge the top four.