Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette have both spoken out in praise of Mikel Arteta and the changes his arrival brought into the Arsenal team.
First of all, it should be pointed out that the results still aren’t great. After the sacking of Unai Emery in November, the team spent a month in the hands of Freddie Ljungberg as an interim solution, until Arteta arrived and took the reins on December 22. Since then, Arsenal have played nine games in all competitions, winning three, drawing five and losing one.
But as quoted by Sky Sports, Ozil says the players are much happier than they were before and there’s a general feeling that everyone wants to give 100% for the club. The team are also constantly improving in a tactical sense, and the German attacking midfielder hopes the results will start showing that soon.
Despite not scoring since the new boss took over, Lacazette agrees with Ozil completely. He also pointed out that the team is ‘more together now’ and that they are improving tactically, and he ventured to express a belief it would soon be seen on the pitch.
Another player who echoed these views is Hector Bellerin. Speaking to the club’s official website, the right-back pointed out that it’s still very early as far as Arteta’s tenure is concerned, but he is adamant that a big change has been made. He admits that there’s some sharpness in front of goal lacking at the moment, but he believes the confidence needed to improve that particular area will come with the increase in the team’s ability to control games better and impose themselves upon the opposition.
With a different coach comes a different set of demands and they’re all still adapting to what Arteta is asking them to do, says Bellerin, but it seems the players feel they’re getting closer to where they want to be.