Arteta challenges Ozil to maintain performance levels


He was unavailable for the most recent 2-1 home loss to Chelsea through illness but when questioned about the player's future after the game, Arteta stated that he hoped that Xhaka still wanted to stay.

Arteta doesn't want to let the former Gunners captain go without first weighing up his midfield options, in fear of being left short should Xhaka jump ship. I hope he can maintain this level every three or four days.

"Mesut was very effective against Chelsea". The structure has to help him for him to take everything that he has inside.

If I see this attitude, this desire and this understanding of what we are trying to do every day, and if it is in a better time than everyone else, I will choose it.

"Before he died two years ago [it is now four years since his death] I promised him that one day I would play for Real Madrid", he was quoted as saying by AS.

"On his own he can not do it, he needs the collective and the structure around him and his team-mates".

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"I tried to prepare the team collectively and individually with the strengths and weaknesses that we have, to avoid the weaknesses and promote as much as possible our strengths", he said.

Arsenal could make a move for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano in January, with the club prepared to back new head coach Mikel Arteta with money to spend during the winter transfer window. "The moment this changes, then he will not play".

Bernd Leno's goalkeeping howler gifted Chelsea a late equaliser after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's early goal had put Arsenal in control. The last two days he was in bed.

Arsenal host Manchester United on New Year's Day, with Arteta conceding he must battle to fix his squad's brittle confidence.

They're heading for Arsenal overflowing with confidence as a result, although it's still a work in progress as they try to find a style that best uses the weapons at their disposal, especially against teams that try to sit down and frustrate.

Meanwhile, David Luiz has backed Arteta to restore Arsenal to their position among the Premier League's elite, but admitted the team must quickly adapt to his philosophy to save their season.