"The lack of confidence is leading to frustration", Claims Former Arsenal Midfielder

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 11:49am

David Hillier told Love Sport Radio that Mikel Arteta is trying to implement some big changes mid-season and so the process will need time.

Mikel Arteta has brought some happiness back to The Emirates following a dismal start to the campaign under fellow Spaniard Unai Emery.

The former Arsenal captain, who has been learning under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, has overseen a good start to life in North London.

The Gunners are currently on a seven game unbeaten run, however have won just three times in nine matches - with two of these in the FA Cup.  

Currently sitting in 10th spot, 10 points off Chelsea, ex-Arsenal player David Hillier is upbeat about Mikel's tenure so far and understand why results haven't come instantly.

"I think the changes they are trying to make to their own games personally, and as a team, for example Mesut Ozil today - he didn't have the greatest games today but I've got to say he worked his socks off at time chasing back from that wing position. I see him now sweating more than ever, putting more effort in to try to make it right." 

The hectic winter schedule hasn't helped the former-Everton captain either, with the lack of extensive time on the training pitch hindering his team's preparation and subsequently causing a mixed bag of results according to Hillier. 

"I think Mikel Arteta is trying to make quite big changes within a season and it's difficult. There is not a lot of time to train on these things and to build confidence. Before you know it you have another game and in that game you slip to a draw when you probably could have won the game." 

The midfielder told Love Sport Breakfast that Arsenal's inability to turn draws into wins is leading to team's targeting the Gunners now.

"The lack of confidence is leading to frustration which is leading to a bit of fragility. In this league you can't be like that because there are teams like Burnley who will smell a wounded animal and they'll go after you.

"And that's what they did. They went after Xhaka down that side. They went after Bellerin. They tried to get at Mustafi because they know mentally they might be a little bit unstable at the moment because of the changes they are trying to make.  

If he had come in and had a pre-season I think it would have been a lot different, I really do"

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