Mikel Arteta trusts Arsenal’s ‘transition’ to go one better in title race
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he is pleased his side have evolved from last season despite criticism that the Gunners lack the same spark.
After a 6-0 hammering of Lens on Wednesday, Arteta’s men are top of the Premier League and have advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League. However, Arsenal’s attacking flair has been rare this season, as the Gunners have depended on their defensive solidity to get to the top of the table. Four of their nine Premier League victories have come by a solitary goal, including last weekend’s at Brentford.
Last season, Arteta’s men mounted an unexpected title assault because to the explosive form of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard. However, Arsenal fell short of their first league title in 19 years as Manchester City blasted ahead in the final stages of the season. “This team is going to be different to last season and hopefully very different to next season,” Arteta stated in a press conference on Friday.
“It’s all part of the process.” Leaving some things in the past to make way for new things. “There is a transition.”We want to be competitive and win games, and I believe the team is performing admirably.” Wolves head to the Emirates on Saturday, hoping that their luck would improve after a string of controversial refereeing decisions this season.
Arteta also slammed the decision to award Anthony Gordon’s winning goal as “embarrassing” and a “disgrace” after Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle last month. But he disagreed with Wolves manager Gary O’Neil, who stated that he had given up on VAR and wants it eliminated from the game. “I think we can improve it and we are trying to do that,” he said.
“Technology is taking a huge responsibility in games and it needs time.”If we utilize it well – by listening to people, being honest, humble, and trying to be helpful – I believe we will arrive at a very, really fantastic place.”