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Mikel Arteta reveals what he will work on in Arsenal training before Chelsea clash


The Gunners have a quick turnaround before their next Premier League match (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta was very happy with the early signs of progress he saw from his Arsenal players on Boxing Day against Bournemouth though admits he has plenty of areas to work on improving.

The Gunners went behind at the Vitality Stadium but rallied in the second half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike sealing a 1-1 draw – though they had enough chances to win the match.

Arsenal have only won one of their last 16 matches in all competitions and face top-four rivals Chelsea next on Sunday, though Arteta insists his primary focus is on working with the players.

Arsenal’s top scorer Aubameyang added to his prolific record this season (Picture: Getty)

Asked for his aims this season, Arteta told Amazon Prime Video: ‘My only one now is to review the game and find solutions to do it better.

‘To attack better, to concede less on the counter-attack, to defend better and prepare a good training session for them to improve them, that’s all.

‘I don’t look at the games against Chelsea or [Manchester] United – it’s now. At the moment the urgency is now. And we need an impact now.

‘I’m still to learn a lot about the players, how we can help them more, what are the priorities for them to be more secure when they jump into the pitch.

‘But we’ve just started, just three days there. We tried to put some things in place and I think the majority of them were good.’

Arsenal face Chelsea on Sunday and then United on New Year’s Day (Picture: Getty)

Asked if he will need to work on Arsenal’s often fragile psyche, Arteta added in his post-match press conference: ‘It will be a process. I was worried about what would happen if we conceded a goal and we did.

‘And I was very pleased with the character that they showed, how they came in at half-time, their faces, their reactions, how much they wanted it.

‘Because normally when they are in this process belief goes down and a lot of things that happened in the past can come back. And it didn’t happen. It happened the completely the opposite so that’s a really positive thing to take on board.’

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