Mikel Arteta has claimed that Arsenal have stopped the mistakes which used to cost the team points and that’s one of the reasons why they’re top of the league.
Read on to find out the others.
We all know the stats, Arsenal used to sit on top of the ‘individual error leading to a goal’ table but even without such a thing we all knew that the side would make too many costly mistakes. Now, Mikel Arteta believes that cutting those errors out has made a huge difference.
Speaking at the launch of the PUMA evoPOWER1 boots, Arteta said
“Every Arsenal player has taken a big step forward this season.
“We have stopped the mistakes that we used to make which cost us a lot of points in previous seasons.
“The amount of clean sheets we’ve kept this time makes a big difference.
“That has allowed us to win game after game, which is not an easy thing for any team to do in this league.
“It’s very hard for us to compete for the title because while we believe we have the best team in the country, others feel we might not have the best squad.
“It’s tough to compete with the financial potential of some rivals and the money they spend every summer. So we had only one choice. To make ourselves better as players and as a team. And that is what we have done.
“We have had some problems with injuries lately. Aaron Ramsey was probably the best player in the team for the first four months and then he got injured at Christmas.
“Of course, we have missed him but we have managed to bring others in and still win games.
“And that has been the case with almost every player in the team.
“It seems unbelievable that we are short in midfield at the moment because that is the one area of the park where we had so many options.
“We are playing big games every three days from now and we’re going to need everyone available.
“So hopefully we will get a few of our injured players back soon.”
He also spoke about Luis Suarez and how the Liverpool man, who very easily could have been playing on the other side today, has managed to put his troubles behind him.
“For me, Luis has been the best player in the Premier League this season.
“It’s not just his scoring record that has been phenomenal. His assists and his overall play create fear in the opposition.
“He’s had some issues in the past but everyone can make mistakes in life and the way he has responded this season has been unbelievable.”
Before the other side’s kick-off this weekend Arsenal will know if they will remain at the top of the table or not. Three points against a good Liverpool side at the start of Deathrun #2 would go some way to silencing those who believe that Arsenal cannot win tvhe league despite being top of the table for most of the season and the best team in the country since the start of 2013.
Arteta said of today’s opponents and the title race
“Liverpool are definitely one of our title rivals at the moment.
“They have struggled a bit in recent years but now they’ve managed to build a new team with a new manager and a new philosophy.
“They have been very consistent this season, they have been scoring a lot of goals at Anfield and they are a brave, creative side.
“They play with two strikers most of the time and they have been the best strike partnership in the Premier League. So it is going to be a very tough match for us.
“But if we can open up an 11-point gap it would be very difficult for them to catch us with 13 games to go.
“You cannot predict what is going to happen in the Premier League this season because there have already been so many strange results.
“No one knows how many points we will need to be champions. I’m not even sure that 90 will be enough.
“In any other league, apart from Spain, that would be more than enough. But in England there are four or five teams going for the title and the lead is changing hands all the time.
“What we want to do is to win the early kick-off and put the pressure on Chelsea and Manchester City to respond to us.
“Any other result means the table will probably change again and it’s going to be like that every week.
“So the pressure is going to be massive because we all know that when we leak points the other teams are likely to be winning and we just can’t afford that.”
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