Arteta denies sacrificing attacking efficiency for defensive solidity: 'We do not generate stability by defending deep'
- Arsenal have scored only eight goals in seven league games under Mikel Arteta.
- However, the Gunners have conceded only seven in the same space of time.
- Many suggested Arteta chose to sacrifice some attacking verve to stop leaking goals at the back.
- The Spaniard denies this is the case.
Since Mikel Arteta has come in, Arsenal became a side harder to break down.
However, the Gunners cannot boast the same level of improvement at the other end of the pitch. Many have linked the two factors to one another, but Mikel himself was quick to deny he sacrificed attacking prowess for defensive solidity.
"I don’t think so. We had to generate defensive stability but not by defending deep," he said before the Newcastle match.
"The process has to be done efficiently from here. We need to do that first well to be able to generate and sustain attacks."
We do hope the Gunner find their shooting boots starting this weekend. Arsenal have three home fixtures in the league, which is an opportunity to make up ground on the European spots.
Mikel Arteta's side is also fighting on two fronts in the cups, and both the Europa League and the FA Cup can present emergency pathways into European football next season. And it does look like Arsenal will need to be in Europe next season, unlike Great Britain on the whole.