Mikel Arteta has revealed why he thinks his side are under-performing in the Premier League in comparison to their Europa League form.
Arsenal have been inconsistent in the league winning four, losing four and drawing one of their nine games so far. Throughout they have looked devoid of creativity and averaged under 10 shots per game. Only Burnley, West Brom and Sheffield United have scored less than the Gunners who have now gone over eight hours without netting from open play.
In complete contrast the club’s Europa League form has been scintilating. A 3-0 victory over Molde on Thursday meant that they qualified for the last 32 of the competition with two games to spare. The Gunners have won all four of their opening group games in a European competition for the first time since 2005 when they eventually went on to reach the Champions League final.
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Arsenal appear to play with much more freedom on the continent, and as a result look a much more dangerous outfit.
The worrying disparity in performances has been a concern for all associated with the club.
However, it is worth noting that the Gunners have been in contention in all of their Premier League matches, losing by more than one goal on just two occasions. Speaking after the victory in Norway Mikel Arteta was keen to emphasise this.
MOLDE, NORWAY – NOVEMBER 26: Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Molde FK and Arsenal FC at Molde Stadion on November 26, 2020 in Molde, Norway. (Photo by Erik Birkeland/MB Media/Getty Images)
(Image: (Photo by Erik Birkeland/MB Media/Getty Images))
“Yeah it’s true that as well in the Premier League that the teams are winning the games by very small margins apart from one or two,” he said when asked about his side’s differing domestic and continental form.
“You see the games when they…