Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has outlined Mikel Arteta's job is to take Arsenal back to the level demanded by the fans.

Arteta was confirmed as the new Arsenal manager on Friday after he agreed a three-and-a-half year deal earlier in the week.

Kroenke, the son of owner Stan, released a statement on Arsenal's official website shortly after the announcement was made, in which he outlined Arteta's objectives.

Kroenke said: "We're delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal.

"He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke (left) has outlined Mikel Arteta's left


"I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks.

"He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism."

The Arsenal manager's job is Arteta's first as a boss after three years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City.

Arteta said: "This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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"We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that's been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.

"We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we'll do it.

"I'm realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy."