Mikel Arteta explains how he will turn Arsenal’s draws into wins

Two of Arteta's three wins have come in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)
Two of Arteta’s three wins have come in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has revealed how he plans to ‘accelerate’ the progress of his squad to start winning more games.

Since taking over from former manager Unai Emery in December, the 37-year-old has won just three from nine matches in all competitions.

The Gunners find themselves languishing down in 11th place in the Premier League table following frustrating draws with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Burnley.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘There have been a lot of positives, I have tried to convince the players that if we work on certain things in training, they will happen in games and we will score goals from them.

‘There have been some really good moments like that with things I have asked them to do.

‘As well, some of the counter-pressing we have done has been very good. Some of the behaviours of the players weren’t there before, particularly the top players tracking back.

‘The distances between us and how compact we are is much better, and so is our body language during games.’

Several Arsenal players were full of praise for their new coach during the winter break, with Brazilian defender David Luiz saying Arteta has put the fun back into playing at the club.

When asked about this shift in mentality and ethos, Arteta said: ‘I am convinced that we are going to do some great things together.

‘We have every element that we need to be successful and take the club forward – and to do it in the way we want as well. It’s great to feel that the players are enjoying it, and that they believe in what we are trying to do.

‘Now it’s down to us to accelerate the process as much as possible, without killing the process but by winning as many games as we can.’

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