Mikel Arteta was relatively pleased with his return to Ibrox after Arsenal’s 2-2 pre-season draw with Rangers.
The Gunners boss spent two seasons with the Scottish side in the early part of his career, and today saw his side come from behind twice thanks to goals from new signing Nuno Tavares and substitute Eddie Nketiah.
Conceding from two set-pieces was a bit of a worry, but given new set-piece coach Nicolas Jover has barely had time to work with the players, we can hope things will improve in that regard.
Arteta also hinted strongly that further new signings would be on the way as he reflected on the training camp in the Scotland and the games against Hibs and Rangers.
“We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America next week,” he said.
“We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week. We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so very positive.”
On the game against Rangers, in which his side spurned plenty of chances to score goals, he continued, “Overall I’m really pleased with the performance. I think we dominated the game, we created so many chances – I counted about eight or 10 clear chances to score – but this game is decided in both boxes.
“We weren’t clinical in the opponent’s box and we conceded two goals from two corners, which were the only chances they had apart from the counter-attack from our own corner.
“It’s much better from the other day and you tell that physically we were already better in the second game, the organisation was better, individually they played better, but I really liked the collective understanding of the game and how we executed a lot of things we’ve been working on in the training pitch.
“We created so many chances but we are not converting enough. Today we should’ve scored many more goals and with the quality of the players we have up front, they have to demand much more of themselves.
“But at least we are getting there, the process is becoming much clearer, much better.”
Arsenal travel to America next week to face Inter Milan and either Everton or Millonarios in the Florida Cup, taking place in Orlando.