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Joe Willock outlines tactics Mikel Arteta has already installed at Arsenal


Joe Willock has opened up on the early changes Mikel Arteta has made at Arsenal .

Arteta took charge of Arsenal a week ago and has taken one point from his first two matches.

The Gunners appeared set for victory against Chelsea on Sunday but threw their lead away late on, slumping to a 2-1 defeat.

They have now managed just one win in their last 15 matches but Willock has been impressed by new boss Arteta.

Willock, who appeared as a late substitute against Chelsea, said: “He’s installed energy, he’s installed being there for each other and different tactics.

“I thought we did it in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half but we pushed back and they got on top of us so it’s really disappointing.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is replaced by team-mate Joe Willock

“We all believe in him, we all listen and we all try to put the tactics he does in training on to the pitch.

“It’s evident we tried to do it in the first half, but it’s a long journey, we’ve only had a week with him and we’re all looking forward to working with him.”

Arsenal had taken the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Chelsea before a Bernd Leno howler gifted Jorginho an equaliser.

Tammy Abraham then turned in the winner to leave Arsenal languishing in 12th in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta speaks to Joe Willock

“We tried to give a lot of energy and tried to help each other out but unfortunately we lost,” Willock added.

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“We just need to keep positive, we all believe in each other and we know that we’re halfway through the season and we need to push on.

“We’re looking forward to the next game and hopefully, we can show the energy for a full 90 minutes.”





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