Arteta has a simple solution to Arsenal’s problems: Score more goals
Unfortunately, putting the ball in the back of the net is proving to be easier said than done, with the Gunners scoring just once from open play in their last seven games.
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Arteta’s men drew a blank again on Monday morning (SGT) as they fell to a 0-2 defeat to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with first-half goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane enough to condemn the red half of North London to their sixth defeat of the season.
The result leaves Arsenal 15th in the table, a mere seven points away from the relegation zone. But the Spurs defeat seems to have inspired Arteta into coming up with a way out of the doldrums for his team.
“How do we turn this run of results round? Score more goals. Very simple. We need to put the ball in the net, urgently,” Arteta declared emphatically. “The fight and the spirit and the way they (the players) played…is to applaud but it is not enough to win football matches because we are not scoring goals.
“We had a lot of the ball, a lot of opportunities but we didn't have the end product. All the stats are in our favour but the game is about putting the ball in the goal.”
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However, goals are not the only problem for Arteta at the moment. Their blockbuster summer signing Thomas Partey has also had a rough start to life in North London, and appeared to re-injure his hamstring near the end of the first-half.
But being injured will still not save Partey from a rap on the knuckles from Arteta. The Ghanaian’s decision to walk off the pitch to get his injury assessed while play was still ongoing did not impress Arteta in the least, especially with Spurs scoring their second goal while Partey was out of the picture.
“It happened so quickly, I think it was a four versus three situation for us and suddenly they were coming to us and Thomas was walking to me,” said Arteta, who pushed Partey back onto the pitch to try and stop Spurs’ counter-attack, but to no avail.
“I wanted him on the pitch doing whatever he could for the team in that situation. I tried to push him, I haven't spoken to him so I don't know exactly how it happened and whether he felt something really serious. We will look at it and then we will talk about it.”
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Arsenal’s next league game will see them take on fellow strugglers Burnley in a relegation six-pointer next Monday morning (SGT).