Arsenal boss Arteta hails Saka impact after win at Olympiakos

Arsenal boss Arteta hails Saka impact after win at Olympiakos

Richarlison's wayward header a minute before the end of the regulation first 45 minutes appeared to be Everton's last chance to reclaiming parity heading into the break but when Sidibé's charging run forced a late corner, the Blues plundered an equaliser of their own. He has been doing so with solid shot volume as well, averaging 3.8 shots per game in his last five matches.

Mikel Arteta believes the in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is leaning towards staying at Arsenal after playing a significant role in the team's uplift. I remember seeing him in a pre-season game maybe three years ago, and he looked a player then; I'm not surprised to see that he's now ahead of Michael Keane in the pecking order, because I am intimately familiar with the politics of chicken coops.

"I know that Arsenal improved a lot in the last period, they are more confident, they are playing better so it will be hard, but the spirit of the team is good and we have confidence". It's just about learning and developing.

"They were putting good balls into the box, early crosses and really testing Arsenal". Sometimes you think about resting somebody and in training he gets a little issue or he gets sick. It's about learning from that environment.

Arsenal recalled Nketiah in January, initially with the idea of loaning him out to another second-tier club where he would get more minutes on the pitch.

Arteta's strategy to punishment is also mentioned to have impressed the Arsenal gamers, and their the latest good variety is remaining attributed to his hardline stance. I was pleased they [his staff] were there. "I had two questions", he said.

"He's a great manager and has a real determination to help and improve players, young players and the senior players as well". "I think we should be looking at getting in the top four again". I'm competing and fighting for a place.

"It was odd because when I was appointed manager I had to go to Goodison Park (where he looked from the stands)".

"Sokratis, an unfamiliar full-back, and really they were just running rings around Arsenal here and that needed to be attended to better".

"The strikers always need to have that feeling "Oh that ball's going to come" and it's not coming that often".

"We had a lot of chances, especially in the last 20 minutes. He did well the other day and hopefully soon we can start to use him". But we conceded two goals too easily.

With 17 goals, the Gabonese striker is now the Premier League's joint-top scorer alongside Leicester's Jamie Vardy, but it was his defensive contribution that really caught the eye.

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