Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for a good performance against Arsenal. (Photo: Reuters)
Manuel Pellegrini vows to bring attacking football to Manchester City. (Reuters) Reuters

New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has made signing a new striker the club's priority this summer as he aims to continue playing his brand of attacking football at the Etihad Stadium.

The Chilean coach took his first press conference since being officially named Roberto Mancini's successor on Wednesday afternoon and declared that he has every intention of bringing success to the club with the style and flair his sides' have become known for in past years.

With City having already secured deals for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and former Sevilla star Jesus Navas, Pellegrini is eager to fill the attacking void left by Carlos Tevez, who recently joined Juventus.

"I spoke with Carlos a couple of weeks ago and I felt he didn't want to stay here anymore," Pellegrini said. "He was very clear to tell me. It was the best choice for him and the club. We have two strikers at the moment and we need another one."

Pellegrini has won admiration for his efforts in La Liga over the past nine years. His spells at Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga saw the coach become recognised for his attractive style of play, something the 59-year-old coach believes helped him secure the job that will ask him to once again knock Manchester United off the summit of English football.

"One of the most important reasons I'm here is the way my teams have always played. We are going to play an attractive game, always in the opposition side, always an attacking team," Pellegrini added.

"Five or six teams are always trying to win the Premier League and I'll try to do that with Manchester City.

"I think the Premier League is so important, as is the Champions League. I know the last two years weren't good for Manchester City in Europe, but I'll try to change that."