Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal’s plans for the winter break as squad heads to Dubai

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta is looking forward to the winter break (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta is looking forward to the Premier League winter break as he takes his Arsenal team to Dubai in a bid to kick-start the second half of their season.

The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday which leaves them 10th in the Premier League, level on points with the Clarets.

The result takes Arsenal to seven games unbeaten in all competitions, but their last four Premier League outings have all finished in draws.

It has been a hectic time at the Emirates, with Arteta taking on his first job in management after the confusing reign of Unai Emery, and the Spaniard is relishing the short break.

‘It’s good to go away, the players have been through a lot,’ Arteta told the official Arsenal website.

‘The last two-three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off. Then we’re going to go to Dubai, start working and focus on Newcastle.

‘We have to stay positive. It’s very tough to come [to Burnley] and when the game develops like this, to control it is hard. I wanted to win so badly and I’m disappointed.

‘I’m more disappointed with the unnecessary balls we have given away and put ourselves in trouble with. They press high and they are good at that but in many phases of the game, we could have done better.

‘When we did better, we generated the chances we wanted.’

It is not an extensive break that Premier League sides are treated to, as Arsenal have the coming weekend off and return to action against Newcastle on Sunday 16 February.

However, Arteta knows it is a crucial time to get across his ideas and make his team more ‘unpredictable’ for opponents.

‘We have to improve quality-wise. We’re very far in terms of what I want in sustaining attacks and being unpredictable in our play, but that’s a process,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.

‘In the next two weeks, we have longer periods for training and I’ll use them. We need some players back from injury and try our best to improve the team.’

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