Joe Willock says the Arsenal squad all believe in Mikel Arteta’s methods and that the Spaniard’s influence was clear for all to see before the Gunners collapsed to a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header on 13 minutes was a just reward for a promising first half but as legs tired, the visitors took a stranglehold on proceedings.
With seven minutes remaining Jorginho, who should have been sent off for a second yellow, tapped home from close range after Bernd Leno had missed a cross and then Tammy Abraham finished a sweeping counter to inflict a fourth successive home defeat in all competitions.
After the game, Willock, who had a gilt-edged chance to double our lead on 78 minutes, urged his teammates to stay positive.
“We tried to give a lot of energy and tried to help each other out but unfortunately we lost,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We just need to keep positive, we all believe in each other and we know that we’re halfway through the season and we need to push on. We’re looking forward to the next game and hopefully, we can show the energy for a full 90 minutes.”
On the impact of the new boss, he added: “He’s installed energy, he’s installed being there for each other and different tactics.
“I thought we did it in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half but we pushed back and they got on top of us so it’s really disappointing.
“We all believe in him, we all listen and we all try to put the tactics he does in training on to the pitch.
“It’s evident we tried to do it in the first half, but it’s a long journey, we’ve only had a week with him and we’re all looking forward to working with him.”
Arteta himself was similarly disappointed and said his players have to take responsibility for the errors made. The Spaniard has a couple more training sessions to get his ideas across before we host Manchester United on New Year’s Day.