Mikel Arteta identifies out how Arsenal must improve despite Norwich thrashing

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Mikel Arteta knows there is a lot of work to do at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

After a torrid return to Premier League action, the gloom has lifted over Arsenal somewhat, but manager Mikel Arteta knows there is a lot of work still to do despite thrashing Norwich 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The Gunners have now won three games on the bounce, beating Southampton and knocking Sheffield United out of the FA Cup before routing the Canaries at the Emirates.

The victory saw Arteta’s side climb to seventh in the table and keep their faint hopes of Champions League football next season alive, just.

Arsenal were impressive, but Arteta wants more from his side, especially in terms of concentration, with the Spaniard disappointed with how his players switched off at times during the win over Norwich.

‘Yeah I’m very happy,’ Arteta told BT Sport. ‘A lot of the things that we worked on, that we are trying to evolve, actually happened in the game.

‘The way we pressed, how aggressive we were, the way we played in the opponent’s half.

‘The first 43 minutes were really good, and after we had lapses and it’s something we have to improve on as a team.

‘The way we ended the first half, giving the ball away in a very dangerous area, and then the way that we started the second half. And then we picked it up again, we made some changes.

‘Overall I am really happy, because I know that every three days is not easy to do what they’re doing.’

Arteta appears under no pressure to finish the season in a certain position in the division and is far more concerned about the progress his side are making in adapting to his philosophy.

‘I’m not worried about the table now, it’s just about how we keep evolving, and playing better will take us closer to winning football matches,’ said the Spaniard.

‘I think we controlling the games much better, we are doing the things that we are constantly talking about and hopefully they can gain confidence, trust, and day-by-day we can be a better team.’

Arsenal travel to Wolves on Saturday in a huge match for them if they want to keep their European hopes alive.

Wolves are one place and six points ahead of the Gunners going into the contest, having won all three of their games since the return from the coronavirus hiatus.

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