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Arteta: I adapted to Arsenal faster than expected

The Gunners may be struggling in the Premier League this season but the coach is optimistic after his first year at the helm

Mikel Arteta says he has adapted to Arsenal coaching life faster than expected.

The former midfielder took charge of the Gunners in December last year after a three-year stint as Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach at Manchester city.

As the 38-year-old guided the north London team to FA Cup Last season’s success, the 2020-21 campaign proved to be difficult, with his side occupying 15th place in the Premier League after scoring just five wins in 15 matches.

The Spaniard admits he had to adapt quickly to his new environment and hopes to make things easier for his team.

“I question myself every day, but since I arrived here I had first of all to analyze very well what is going on, what we can and what we cannot do,” he said. to journalists.

“And I adapted a lot more than likely what I thought I was doing when I took the team, because there are some things that I think are much better for the qualities of the players that we have, and other things we are probably not prepared to do yet.

“Obviously we have to adapt because at the end of the day we have to make life as easy, as clear and efficient as possible for our players when they come to this pitch.”

Arsenal went seven games without a win in the Premier League before claiming a 3-1 win over rivals London Chelsea Saturday, with Bukayo Saka, 19, and Emile Smith Rowe, 20, together to score their last goal.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Joseph Willock and 19-year-old Gabriel Martinelli also played a part in the victory and the coach is hopeful the young players on the squad can continue to play a key role this season.

“I think there is a message within the team that everyone is important here, everyone is there to contribute and everyone is helpful.

“It doesn’t matter if you are young or senior, everyone is there to contribute.

“And I think it’s a great message for everyone that when we have to rely on them, we know we can rely on them and we have no doubts about them.”

Arteta’s men will look to build on the win over Chelsea on Tuesday when they face off Brighton in their final game of 2020, with their first of the new year to follow on Friday against West Brom.


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