Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal side will always play their own game and go for the win, whether they are at home or away.
Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow, less than a month since the Blues snatched a late 2-1 win at the Emirates in Arteta’s second game in charge.
While we’ve not seen a ‘new manager bounce’ when it comes to results, the boss maintains that hard work on the training ground is paying dividends.
Asked what he’s learned about his team since the Boxing Day defeat, Arteta told his pre-game press conference: “A lot of things happened and it seems longer than a month to be fair with the amount of games, days that we trained and the amount of things that happened.
“Yes, a lot of things changed, a lot of positives that I am finding in terms of reactions and the things that they are taking onboard. We have managed to change, a little bit, the energy and the atmosphere and the relationship and the chemistry with our fans, which was massively important for us.
“So yes, in terms of results, it could have been a little bit different. I think we’ve been very unlucky and there are other aspects as well which have influenced that but in general, yes.”
Reflecting on the last meeting – a game that earned Gunners real plaudits for their first half showing before a late collapse – the boss continued: “It’s different from then to now. I loved the first 30 to 35 minutes and the way we went about it.
“How aggressive we were, how much we wanted to attack them and put them under pressure – it’s the kind of way that we wanted to play.
“After that, we had a little bit of a setback. They changed the system and we found it a little bit more difficult to deal with that. We started to defend deep without really conceding anything, and had some great opportunities on the break as well.
“I think physically for us in that moment it was harder for us to maintain the same amount of energy. Against Chelsea, that’s vital.”
One thing is clear, Arteta will not be parking the bus in West London.
“It doesn’t matter where we go, my ambition is to go anywhere and win playing our way. We want to go with the same direction every time and with the same intention.
He added: “It’s really important [to win]. It’s very, very important for us to win this game to fight for that. Also, the game we played at home, it could have made a big difference and we were very close to it. Tomorrow we need to win.”