Arsenal’s stars are happy with Mikel Arteta’s changes since taking over as the north London club showed spirit to come from behind to beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to remain unbeaten this calendar year.
Arsenal are now seven points adrift of Chelsea in 4th place and after overcoming their congested fixture week they will remain confident of a strong finish to the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moved to joint Premier League top-scorer after bagging a double and another from youngster Eddie Nketiah ensured their third victory of the week.
Despite the usual defensive lapses, there is certainly more cohesion around the dressing room and the culture and discipline within the squad that Arteta has been implementing is vital and has been welcomed by the players and staff, The Athletic claim.
Arsenal’s stars prefer Arteta’s stern approach, which is said to be completely different to how it’s been in recent years in north London.
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Arteta was vocal after Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Everton on Sunday afternoon, insisting it’s his best week since taking over at the Emirates.
“I’m really pleased with the performance,” Arteta explained. “It’s not easy to play three times in seven days, we got back late from Greece, and then to concede an early goal as well.
“That asks questions of you. The team reacted really well. This is the reaction I am hoping for when we face disappointment. It’s the best week since I’ve been here.”
Fans were left impressed with the second-half performance, especially with the team’s pressing without the ball, and the result drew comparisons to what could have happened under former boss Unai Emery.
Arteta has placed an emphasis on youth with the development of Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah while also improving club scapegoats Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi after they looked to be leaving in the summer.
Arsenal players have been questioned over their mentality for the past seasons but since the takeover in November, they have only lost one game in 12 matches and are quickly improving and working hard for each other.
They have now beaten Olympiakos in the first leg of their Europa League-last 32 tie along with a 4-0 result against Newcastle the previous Sunday.
Arteta has also taken a possible ten points from four matches which leaves them in contention to finish 5th, giving them a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next year, but face strong competition from Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves and Sheffield United.
They are on course to reach the last-16 of the Europa League and are also through to fifth round of the FA Cup when they travel to face Portsmouth next week.
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