Mikel Arteta may only have been Arsenal head coach for eight days but his energy and tactics have already got the first team excited, according to Joe Willock.
Arteta was an animated presence on the touchline during the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, barking instructions and encouragement at anyone within earshot.
While a win escaped the Spaniard in his first game in charge, he was quick to praise the attitude and application of his players and to thank the fans who’d made the journey on Boxing Day.
So far, Willock has been impressed by what he’s seen from the new boss and hopes an upturn in confidence will see results improve.
“Arteta has brought a different sort of energy and different sort of tactics that we can relate to more,” the midfielder told Premier League Productions.
“I feel like everyone is excited, there’s a big buzz around the changing room, everyone’s laughing again and everyone’s got their head up.
“We’re trying to build confidence in each other and on the pitch as well so hopefully we can transmit that on the pitch.”
The Gunners close a traumatic 2019 at home against Chelsea tomorrow. Calum Chambers returns from his suspension but we could lose Sokratis who took a heavy blow to the head in a collision with Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Elsewhere, Gabriel Martinelli and Rob Holding are doubts while left-back duo Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney are definitely sidelined.