Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta wants the form his players displayed in the Europa League repeated in the Premier League.
Arsenal can now focus on domestic matters bearing no contend in European football until February. Likewise, Arteta has demanded Arsenal to transfer their Europa League form into the Premier League. He says, his side needs to start winning matches “immediately”.
The fine European form is in sharp contrast to their domestic struggles where Arsenal has lost six out of their last nine matches to slump to 15th in the table.
With the Europa League now finished until February, the Gunners can solely focus all their attention to the domestic competition with Arteta stressing the urgency to pick up positive results.
“At the end of the day, we need to start winning football matches”. Arteta said.
“We cannot sustain the results we had in the last six to eight weeks and that has to be immediately and we know that has to start on Sunday”.
“Now we have to forget about the Europa League till February and focus on the Premier League strongly and the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup when it restarts in January”.
“And now we need everybody on board. Obviously, we have a large squad and we have a lot of players back from injury. So, we will have the opportunity to pick who is better at the moment to still rotate some players. But that gives us more options in the Premier League as well to focus there and to get the results that we need”.
Arteta Reiterates Balogun’s Desire
The 19-year-old Balogun will be out of contract at the end of the season and has looked set to leave after talks over a new deal broke down.
However, with negotiations resumed, Arteta says the teenager wants to remain in North London.
He said, “We’re having some discussions with the player. He knows we want to retain him at the club. We know that the length of his contract at the moment is an issue, but we’re trying to resolve it in the best possible way”.
“We want him to stay. He said to me he wants to stay at the club. So, hopefully, we can reach an agreement and extend his contract”.