Mikel Arteta pinpoints Arsenal stat that is ‘not good enough’

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Mikel Arteta knows his Arsenal side have a lot of improving to do (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has accepted that Arsenal’s inability to create chances is a thorn in the side of their progress and an area they must improve as soon as possible.

The Gunners find themselves 16th in the Premier League in terms of chances created, even lower than their disappointing position of 10th in the actual Premier League table.

The north London side have scored 53 goals in their 37 games thus far, which is perfectly respectable, but Arteta is not happy with the creativity in his side and knows that 16th place stat, one behind Sunday’s opponents Watford, is nowhere near good enough.

‘They don’t lie, those stats,’ said Arteta. ‘When you relate that to Arsenal it’s not good enough and there are certain aspects of the games we don’t control as well as we should.

‘At the same time, when you are in a process where you need immediate results … for the short-term objectives, you have to find a way to do it.

‘You cannot just shoot yourself in the foot by doing something at certain moments that you are not able to do.

‘We are trying to find this way but the next step in our evolution has to be very much linked to that, to improve that area a lot.’

Of Arsenal’s 53 league goals this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 20 of them.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)

The Gunners captain is out of contract next year and there is much speculation about his future, but with Arteta well aware of his huge importance to the side’s goal-scoring capabilities, he has urged the Arsenal hierarchy to offer him a whopping new deal.

The 31-year-old currently earns a shade under £200,000-a-week, but that would be increased to £250,000-a-week under the new offer, championed by Arteta.

Arsenal play their final league game of the season on Sunday at home against Watford, with little on the line for the Gunners, but defeat for the Hornets would almost certainly see them relegated from the Premier League.

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