Vermaelen and Arteta turn to stats to solve problems


Mikel Arteta spoke to the Mirror today about how the players were trying to put things right on the training pitch and by working harder.

Arseblog News understands that both Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen have been consulting ProZone stats and have, as well as looking at their own performances, been making suggestions to teammates about how they can improve aspects of their games to help get Arsenal out of the current funk.

And while the skipper is aware that things are not going as well as they should, is calling for unity amongst players and fans.

“I agree that this is a difficult time, but the only thing to do is to stick together”, he said.

“There seems to be a lot of negativity among people outside the club at the moment, and I don’t want to go along with that because it’s not the way to achieve anything. Some people seem to like being negative, and it appears to make them happier somehow, but that’s not the attitude you’ll get from me or my team-mates.

“Let’s be positive, while being aware of the things we’ve done wrong and making sure that we keep fighting.”

Meanwhile, Kieran Gibbs says the team can’t neglect their defensive duties even if they’re trying hard to win a game, as against Swansea last weekend.

“We were obviously trying to get the win, and we suffered in the last couple of minutes of the game,” he told the official site.

“We’ll have to be aware of that from now on, because this can’t happen – that we’re pressing for the win and we forget about the other side.

“It’s not just about what we do when we got the ball, it’s about what we do even more so when we haven’t got the ball.”

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