Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

Playing against Leeds like going to the dentist — Mikel Arteta

'It does my head in!' - Aubameyang rubbishes exit talk Alexandre Lacazette reveals Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gave his players a half-time dressing down as they beat Leeds
Linda Gilbert | 08 January, 2020, 00:30

The Sky Wager Championship leaders overwhelmed the Gunners within the first half, dominating possession and making an attempt 15 pictures - one in all which noticed Patrick Bamford hit the bar.

Arteta was nevertheless angry at his team's performance, which improved significantly after the interval.

"I tried to tell them exactly what they were going to face and after 32 minutes we had won one duel, I think".

But now that Arsenal have recalled England Under-21 worldwide Nketiah from his loan spell, the Whites can not afford to rely on Bamford as their only centre-forward in the second half of the season.


"Emotions are very high".

Despite being pleased with the win Arteta revealed afterwards just how unhappy he was with his sides first-half display.

"We should all the time have carried out with far more steadiness". For many who're not ready for Leeds, you'll get uncovered. Sometimes we played out wide, sometimes we played down the middle and it's all paying off.

"The first half of the group was very, very optimistic for us". Leeds are a great team and they pressed us; we didn't expect it. "We had to react and we changed some things". What we needed to do in the match is repeat what we did in the first half.


"They wanted to experience how laborious and arduous it was going to be".

Nevertheless, there were encouraging signs for Leeds as they gave the Premier League giants an uncomfortable evening and they will hope to do the same in a top flight fixture next term.

"After you recover the ball quickly in their half we were able to recover fast, combine passes in attack and we attack fast in a different way when we recover well".

Arteta said Arsenal's 2-0 home win over Manchester United in the Premier League on New Year's Day had taken some of the heat off his struggling side but they could not afford to ease up.


"We are not in a position to relax because we are not good enough to relax", Arteta - who last month replaced sacked compatriot Unai Emery - added.

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