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Mikel Arteta names the three things he's making Arsenal players work on in pre-season

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to the club’s official website today about the things he’s working on in pre-season training.

The players returned from their holidays last week and Arsenal are in Scotland preparing for the new season. We’ve played one game already and although we lost, it was good to see the lads getting themselves back to full fitness.

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This summer’s pre-season is much-needed for Arsenal. The Gunners haven’t had any time for preparation since Arteta took over 18 months ago, and it will be interesting to see the changes the Spaniard can bring in now that he has over five weeks to implement his ideas.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shares his pre-season plans

Arteta was asked about the things he’s working on and he revealed the three aspects that goes into pre-season training under him.

He said: “Well, (we’re working on) a few aspects. Obviously, the physical aspect is very important. After five weeks, the players need to get in good shape and the best possible condition to compete at the levels that the Premier League requires.

“Then mentally, we need to prepare the team with the ideas that we have, with the values that we have, with the ambition that we want to take into the league.

“Third, to get the cohesion of the team right, the understanding of the game, what we are looking for, our game model, our principles, and how we’re going to develop that in the next five weeks to get to the Premier League in the best possible stage.”

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The Insider’s View:

The three things Arteta is working on is pretty standard for every club in pre-season, but there’s more to it at Arsenal. The Gunners lacked all three aspects last season, and that cannot happen again next term.

We weren’t ready physically last season due to the short break after the pandemic. Our players seemed mentally exhausted and most things Arteta was trying to do, weren’t working, mostly due to individual errors.

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The third aspect is arguably the most important one. Arsenal fans are still not fully sure about Arteta’s philosophy. There are a few similar patterns that occur every game, but the lack of clarity in our approach was overly evident last season.

With a full pre-season this summer, that has to change. Arteta has to implement his philosophy and Arsenal need to hit the ground running when the new campaign begins. Hopefully, that will be the case when we take on Brentford on the opening day in about four weeks time.

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