Mikel Arteta has stressed the need for a comprehensive improvement in both offensive and defensive aspects to halt their recent slide in the Premier League standings.
The Gunners, after a stellar start to the season, have faltered in recent weeks, managing only one victory in their last four league fixtures.
The North London club faced setbacks against Aston Villa and West Ham, succumbing to defeats that have prompted Arteta to highlight a crucial issue plaguing his team – a lack of sharpness and decisiveness in both attack and defense.
Following their recent loss, Arteta underscored the importance of capitalising on opportunities in critical areas of the pitch to secure victories.
“If we don’t improve in the boxes, no [we cannot win the league]. It’s not panic, it is about trying to do more, do better, and win games.
“Because at the end that is what it is. It’s not panic, it is about trying to do more, do better and win games. If the team plays like this, we are going to win a lot of games.
“We have to do what we can control. It’s not time to look at other teams. You see how difficult it is for other teams yesterday and today and it is going to continue to be like that, because the level of the league is incredible.”
Acknowledging their recent drop in form, Arsenal’s solitary league win during the festive period against Brighton highlights their struggle to maintain defensive solidity, managing just one clean sheet in their last six league fixtures.
Despite a challenging period, Arteta refuted claims of a confidence crisis within the team. Instead, he pinpointed instances where precise decision-making and execution were lacking, leading to missed opportunities and a subsequent struggle to secure wins.
“I don’t think it’s that. You hit the ball and it’s half a centimetre. You have I don’t know how many shots, someone blocks the shot and it doesn’t go in. In these situations we have to pick the right pass, there are two players free in the box and I can recall five, six actions of that. That’s what makes the difference to win the games.”