Mikel Arteta admits he’s ‘worried’ about Arsenal after drawing a blank at Leeds

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is worried about his side's problems in front of goal after another shot-shy performance by the team.

The Gunners withstood a second-half onslaught by Leeds following Nicolas Pepe's red card to claim a precious point at Elland Road.

However, the result means Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five league games and their last goal from open play was Pepe's winning strike against Sheffield United on October 4.

Nine goals in total this term is Arsenal's lowest in a league season at this stage since the 1986-87 season and it is a far cry from the free-scoring days under Arsene Wenger.

And Arteta says he is well aware of the problems his side are having.

"It worries me obviously because we need goals and we need a lot of goals to win football matches and to be the top team that we want to be – without that it’s impossible," he said.

"It doesn’t matter how good we are defensively. It’s not a lack of attacking players that we have, because we have attacking players on the pitch all the time, but we need some moments where we have to make decisions earlier, better and they have to be more ruthless.

"But it’s the most difficult thing in football and sometimes we go through these patches and we have to overcome them and I have to help the players to do it as quick as possible."

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Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was moved into his favoured central striker position by Arteta but couldn't exert much influence on the match.

Yet the Arsenal manager says he is pleased with what he saw from the striker.

He said: "In some moments it worked really well. We had a patch in the first half, a patch of 25 minutes when we were really good, efficient, we pressed high, we created some really good opportunities, and made it really hard for them.

"Then there was a spell in the 15 or 20 minutes of the first half where we started to give the ball away, we did not control certain spaces against them and they suffocated us, which they were always going to do. They did it against every team in the Premier League.

"It's impossible to dominate this team for 90 minutes. And then in the second half when you hope that you are going to get things adjusted and better, we go to 10 men and then obviously it's a mountain to climb."

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