Arteta tells Arsenal stars: Find your shooting boots!
Concern over shot-shy Gunners’ form in front of goal ahead of crunch Premier League trip to Old Trafford
29 October, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Mikel Arteta: ‘It’s something that we have to improve’
MIKEL Arteta has admitted he is “concerned” about Arsenal’s lack of Premier League goals this season, but says he is “hopeful” that things will rapidly improve.
The Gunners boss heads to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United knowing that – with just eight goals in six games – his side are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the top flight this term.
The shot-shy Arsenal attack followed up their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City by losing 1-0 against Leicester on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
As the match against the Foxes wore on the north Londoners looked increasingly limp going forward, and Arteta was quick to acknowledge that he has plenty of work to do.
He said: “When we play at home and are unable to score a goal, I am concerned. I am concerned about the second half against Leicester, we should have done better.
“We only had the one chance from Hector Bellerin. They didn’t have to defend anything after 75 minutes.
“It’s something that we have to improve. We have to attack better, to be more continuous, and to be able to sustain more attacks and put the ball in the box more.
“We’ve been working on that so hopefully we can improve it.”
Meanwhile, Arteta has reaffirmed his “trust” in Shkodran Mustafi despite recent reports that the defender has turned down a new contract at Arsenal.
Mustafi missed the start of the campaign with a knee injury but returned to action in the defeat against Leicester at the weekend.
Despite becoming a key player towards the end of last season, the 28-year-old looks set to leave when his contract expires next summer.
But that won’t stop Arteta picking him now that he’s fit again.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Irish minnows Dundalk tonight (Thursday), Arteta said: “Obviously the internal contractual situation with Mustafi is going to be discussed.
“I have been very happy with him since I joined, the progress he has made and the performances he has had.
“He had a long-term injury, he has worked so hard to get back into the position where he is today, and I just want him to show again the trust that we have in him and get the performances that we have in the past from him as well.”