As the Arsenal players ride camels in Dubai (a sentence I could never have envisaged writing when I started this blog nearly 18 years ago), a common theme has emerged when they talk to the media in recent days.
After Bernd Leno’s comments last week in which he attempted to highlight the positive aspects of Mikel Arteta’s time in charge by saying we were fundamentally broken under Unai Emery, both Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil have followed suit by making it clear that clarity and understanding are things which the players are benefitting from.
Bellerin spoke about how both Arteta and Emery were ‘great coaches’, but continued:
You can see how united the dressing room is now and the idea of playing might have been a bit blurred before. Now, Mikel has a foundation that we know what to do in every single situation.
Everybody knows tactically that we’re improving. It’s just two months that Mikel has been here, and we have improved a lot tactically.
It might simply be a case that when they’re being asked about the man who picks the team every week, they’re being very positive about him because anything else would be self-defeating. At the same time…