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Mikel Arteta reveals what Arsenal players must keep doing against Fulham

Mikel Arteta has urged his players to continue doing what they did right against West Ham as they travel to Fulham

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Following Arsenal’s recent frustration in front of goal against West Ham United, Mikel Arteta is calling for calm among both players and supporters as the team prepares for their upcoming match against Fulham. 

Despite a commendable point secured at Liverpool during the festive period, the Gunners were left disheartened by a home defeat to the Hammers. Now, Arteta is aiming for a triumphant three points at Craven Cottage to conclude 2023 on a positive note.

While Arsenal set a Premier League record for touches inside the box against West Ham, the lack of goals has prompted Arteta to focus on the positives and express confidence that a similar attacking display will yield better results in the future.

“There’s no panic, it’s about trying to do more, do better, and win games,” stated Arteta during his pre-Fulham press conference. “If the team plays like this, they are going to win lots of games.

Despite the record-breaking number of touches in the box, Arteta acknowledged that the final execution—the last touch or action leading to a goal—is crucial and an area where improvement is needed.

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“It’s a record [for touches in the box], so I don’t think there are many teams in the league that have done that for many years. That’s something very positive I think.

“Without a spark, you don’t generate what the team generates [against West Ham], it’s impossible. But it’s the final thing, the final touch, the final action that puts the ball in the net or not, and that’s what we need.”

The intense fixture schedule during this time of the year has seen surprising results in December, causing the top of the table to become tightly contested. With just six points separating the top five teams, Arsenal could end the year in any position from first to fourth. 

Arteta remains aware of the challenges and unpredictability in the league, emphasising that there are numerous twists and turns yet to unfold in 2024.

Reflecting on the tight competition, Arteta commented, “There’s no time to look at other teams. You see how difficult it is for other teams and it’s going to continue to be like that because the level of the league is incredible.”

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