Arsenal have always been known for the fluid goal-producing football that comes at the expense of defending. However, under Mikel Arteta we have grown leaps and bound defensively, but at the expense of scoring enough goals.
Mikel Arteta agrees that the team needs to score more goals, and he revealed that they have been practicing more on doing that lately.
We have the best defense in the league at this point, having conceded the least number of goals. But we have been outscored by 14 teams, having scored only 9 goals.
The team seemed to be improving on that as they scored four goals against Molde. When Arteta was asked if he thinks we should be scoring more, he had this to say:
“Yes, I do,” he replied. “To get that balance right is not easy considering the fixtures we have played this season. In the beginning playing Liverpool three times, playing Manchester City, playing Leicester – it’s not easy.
“It’s something that we’ve been working on in the last two weeks. You can see last night that we were much more fluent in attack, we scored the goals, we created more opportunities.
“It’s a part that the team still has to evolve more because we still haven’t played many games against many low blocks as well so it’s something that we have to improve on.
“To become a top top team you have to score 90 or 100 goals to be competing with the top guns and it’s a challenge for us and an area that we have to improve and do better.”
Despite the struggles in front of goal, we are only four points away from league leaders Liverpool, as they have recorded 16 points. Mikel Arteta knows the importance of winning against Aston Villa to keep up the chase before the international break.
“Yes, it would be great [to win],” said Arteta. “Obviously before the international break if you are able to win, the mood in the camp and everybody is much better.
“You will reflect as well on your position in the table because there are other important games coming up. We know the game we are facing against [Villa], we have lost the last two times against them so it will be difficult, they are a team that has grown so much in recent months and they made some clever business in the market and they are stronger than last year.”