Mikel Arteta says that he’s aware the team need to improve from an attacking point of view, after two successive Premier League defeats.
In the first half of the 1-0 loss to Leicester at the weekend, the Gunners had 11 attempts on goal, but just 1 in the second period. Failing to capitalise on good opportunities in the opening 45 minutes came back to haunt us as Jamie Vardy headed home a late winner for the visitors.
Thee Arsenal boss was pressed on the need to get more out of his strikers, but insisted it needed to be a collective effort, starting with his own work.
On the need for attacking improvement, he said, “It is the role of everybody, first of all mine to give them the solutions and structure to attack better.
“When we are at home and we’re not able to score a goal, I am concerned. I am concerned about the second half, we should have done better, we only had the chance for Hector.
“It is something we have to improve in the final third, the solutions we have to give them to attack better, to be more continuous, to be able to sustain attacks in longer periods and put the ball in the box more.
“We have been working on that so hopefully we can improve it.”
And despite frustration at the loss, Arteta was in some ways encouraged by the way Brendan Rodgers set up his team for their visit to the Emirates.
“Obviously this block and the way they set up is not easy at all,” he said, “but we opened them up five or six times in the first half and should have scored a goal.
“It is something we are not too used to because we have not faced teams like that too regularly but I think it is a really good sign when Leicester suddenly comes to your house and acts like that, it is because they really respect you now and they are concerned.
“We have to take that as something very positive and and as an advantage because if teams are going to start to do that, I’m telling you we are going to win a lot of games.”
Let’s hope so, because while everyone can see it’s a difficult thing to break down a formation which has 11 men behind the ball, we still have to find a way to make chances and, more importantly, take them.