Mikel Arteta did not cut the image of a figure satisfied by what he seen in Athens.
“No,” he responded when asked whether he was happy with his side’s performance. “Because I want to be much more ruthless because as a team I don’t want to give anything to the opponents.
“The opponents are good enough by themselves to create problems, to create situations, to change organisational structures, individual quality that they have in this competition.
“So I want to give zero to the opponents. Whatever we do we have to be on it so much, so I would like the opponent to do the same.
“So I am happy with the result but I’m not satisfied with how we controlled the game through 95 minutes and that’s something that we have to improve.”
It’s easy to see why he was disappointed as he almost watched his side become the master’s of their own downfall once again.
It’s the second time in as many matches that such an error has occurred and it has led many to question whether playing out from the back is really something Arsenal have the ability to do.
Arteta himself unsurprisingly remains steadfastly tied to his principles and believes that the question is not one of if the Gunners should play that way but rather when.
“It’s just when we have to play,” he said. “You know they have to play the ball to this player, but when is the difference.
“It’s now, a second earlier or a second later and that gives the opponent a chance to press or to intercept a pass or not.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.football.london%2Farsenal-fc%2Fnews%2Fwhat-dani-ceballos-after-mohamed-20096858&cre=bottom&cip=60&view=web
“Obviously the difference is to discriminate the decision making when it has to be done is what it dictates in the next action after whether you are successful or not.
“But it’s not about encouraging the team or stopping them when we have to play it’s about learning to understand when to do it and that’s crucial.
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“If not it creates insecurity and a game that is totally under control brings the team into an insecurity mode because it just brings the opponent into the game with how much we’ve done and the chances that we’ve missed and it’s unnecessary.”
The stress the style of play puts on the Arsenal squad was clear to see on the night as Ceballos – who clearly felt the weight of the error after his mistake against Benfica in the last round – celebrated wildly on his own after Mohamed Elneny‘s third before showing a burst of relief and smacking the hand of Emile Smith Rowe as he ran past jubilantly to join the rest of team in mobbing the Egypitan.