Mikel Arteta had to settle for a draw in his first game as head coach of Arsenal. However, he was encouraged by the attitude and character shown by the players in the match.
Speaking to the media after the game, he said: “I’m very pleased with some of the things I’ve seen, in terms of attitude, character, the passion we showed, and the fight and spirit the team showed. It was spot on. Probably better than I expected over 90 minutes. A lot of things that happened in the game, we prepared. They understood them and they tried to take them on board. We lacked the final product at the end.
Arsenals created loads of chances and got into great scoring positions, but the team lacked the vital touch. On that he said, “It would’ve been great because it would’ve given us a better lift in terms of the energy and confidence of the team, but we have to analyse the performance. There are positives to take and obviously is a lot of room for improvement in other areas.
It wasn’t the desired result, but Mikel enjoyed his first game on the touchline for Arsenal.
“Very good to do that and I’m quite used to [substitutions and tactical changes] because I always suggested things that happened during the game. I have really good people around me to give me advice as well with things that happened. I felt comfortable and wet!
Mikel Arteta will be focused on the next match already, as we welcome Chelsea in an important match at the Emirates.