Mikel Arteta has revealed he is working hard to make his Arsenal side more of a threat offensively, with the Spaniard having already brought stability to the defence.
Ever since taking the job at the Emirates, Arteta has made Arsenal a much harder side to beat, with a once leaky defence now looking as solid as anyone in the division.
That solidity has no doubt been aided by the deployment of a 3-4-3 formation, while the arrival of Brazilian defender Gabriel has also served to bolster a backline that was much maligned in the latter years under Arsene Wenger and in Unai Emery’s brief tenure.
Despite that success with his defence, the former Everton midfielder has perhaps somewhat sacrificed the Gunners threat in attack, with his side having scored just nine goals in their seven Premier League matches so far this season.
Those struggles to find the back of the net were particularly evident in the Gunners defeat to Leicester on 25 October, with the Foxes snatching all three points despite Arteta’s men dominating the match.
That type of display has been an issue in recent months for Arteta, although the 38-year-old explained that he is trying hard to build a more fluent attack and take his side to the next level, in order to challenge the free-scoring Liverpool and Manchester City.
‘To get that balance right is not easy considering the fixtures we have played this season,’ Arteta told the press ahead of his sides clash with Aston Villa tomorrow.
‘In the beginning playing Liverpool three times, playing Manchester City, playing Leicester – it’s not easy. It’s something that we’ve been working on in the last two weeks.
‘You can see last night that we were much more fluent in attack, we scored the goals, we created more opportunities. It’s a part that the team still has to evolve more because we still haven’t played many games against many low blocks as well so it’s something that we have to improve on.
‘To become a top top team you have to score 90 or 100 goals to be competing with the top guns and it’s a challenge for us and an area that we have to improve and do better.’