Mikel Arteta has given his players some time off following the 0-0 draw with Burnley on Sunday, but the squad are to assemble again for a warm weather training camp in Dubai later in the week.
The Arsenal manager says it will be a positive trip after what has been a difficult few months following the drive-off-a-cliff form in the last stages of Unai Emery’s reign; the caretaker games of Freddie Ljungberg; and the appointment of the former captain as manager.
The Gunners can’t seem to win in the Premier League, but are unbeaten since the 2-1 loss to Chelsea in late December. There have been two FA Cup victories, but the stalemate with Burnley was our fourth successive draw, our sixth in eight matches, and our thirteenth of the season overall.
Speaking about the squad’s movements going into this two week break, Arteta said, “It’s good to go away. The players have been through a lot.
“The last two or three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off.
“Then we’re going to go to Dubai, start working and focus on Newcastle.”
There are bound to be plenty of things to work on from a tactical point of view, and according to David Ornstein in The Athletic (£), there will be an element of team building too as Arteta attempts to galvanise his players for the final push from the Newcastle game until the end of the season in May.
With two cup competitions still to play for, and Premier League points at a premium, let’s hope they can recharge those batteries and start winning games.