Arsenal still have a long way to go admits Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal is a long way from being his desired team.

Arsenal struggled through their drab draw against Burnley this afternoon. That draw means they still have a long way to go if they want a top-four finish this season.

The Gunners started as the brighter side and they missed two chances to take the lead in the first half.

However, they had a poor start to the second half and were lucky to escape with a draw after Jay Rodriguez saw his shot hit the crossbar from just one yard out.

After the game, Mikel Arteta was answering questions about his side’s performance and he admitted that his current team is far from his ideal side.

He insisted that they started well and defended resiliently against the Clarets but their overall performance was not as good as he would have wanted.

Arteta told Sky Sports as quoted by “We have to improve quality-wise. We are very far from what I want in terms of sustaining attacks and being more unpredictable in our play, but that’s a process.

“We generated the chances that you expect here to put the game to bed. We didn’t do it.

“I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes: the way we came out, the way we controlled the game, the opportunities that we generated. And we were on top of the game. I think we had the chances to score one or two goals in that moment.

“After 20-25 minutes, we started to give some sloppy passes away, to concede free-kicks, throw-ins, corners and that sequence [is] very difficult to get out of that.”

He added: “The way the boys defended the box, it was really good. I think we have improved a lot in the way we have conceded [fewer] chances.”

At least Arteta is being honest but a lot of the blame lies with him, he never admitted he got the team selection wrong and he never admitted he was way out with his substitutions.

Hopefully, he can put the wrongs right in the winter break.


  1. Reggie says:

    Whatever he says, we should be doing better than we are with this squad. They are far better than 10th and we should be getting better results than we are. We can make all the excuses under the sun but Emery was sacked because he was not getting put of this squad what was perceived he should. We still aren’t.

  2. John0711 says:

    Simply not good enough

  3. Sue says:

    So 6 wins, 32 goals scored… not liking the look of the table!
    Then I saw this on Twitter – Cazorla has scored 8, assisted 4 this season. Our midfield has scored 1, assisted 7….gloomy reading, plus are we gonna have to give Liverpool a guard of honour??? 😬

    1. SAGooner says:

      I could think of worse things than giving Liverpool a guard of honour. They deserve respect for what they are achieving.

    2. Admin Martin says:

      ah ha, I have an opinion post going on late tonight about that very subject, not done by me I will add.

  4. SAGooner says:

    The 2 defenders we bought during the transfer window are not going to improve team performance if Arteta does not get the midfield and forward combinations right. Some hard decisions to be taken regarding senior players earning a lot of money but underperforming week by week.

  5. Sean Williams says:

    The midfield and defense are not up to it. Very poor. Maybe we have now upgraded the defense but the midfield is still not good enough.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 And forwards are paid to take the chances they are offered; goals per scoring opportunity is diabolical for Arsenal forwards this season.

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