Mikel Arteta has seen positive signs from his Arsenal side in training as they prepare for their Europa League clash against Slavia Prague.
The Arsenal boss will be worried to see his side have not won in their last three matches in all competitions since winning the North London Derby but the former Everton midfielder has been pleased by his side’s attitude to correct that.
He said: “I cannot criticise the hard work or the ethic of my players. I have never done it. Whether we are more efficient or not, whether we win enough duels or not. It’s not about they don’t want to run or they don’t want to try. There are areas where we have limitations, there are areas where we’re inconsistent, but there are areas where we can do really, really well.
“My demands is just to be hitting those goals and to achieve our best level every single day. Whether it’s in training or in a football game and in the last two days again, the last two days I’ve seen that. I didn’t see anything different. That’s why it was a big shock to the system, what happened against Liverpool. Because of the training that we showed since December. But probably it’s part of the journey. Sometimes a punch or a big slap in the face is a good thing to go back to reality.”
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When and where?
The match will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night (April 8).
What time is kick-off?
The amtch will kick-off at 8pm.
Is it on TV?
Yes, you can watch the match live on BT Sport 1HD and BT Sport 1.
Arsenal 3-0 Slavia Prague
Emile Smith Rowe (thigh) and Bukayo Saka (hamstring) are available for selection while Granit Xhaka (illness) is a doubt.
Kieran Tierney (knee) is out for between four to six weeks but will not require surgery, while Martin Odegaard (ankle) is being assessed.
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela has been provisionally suspended for the first leg as UEFA also opened disciplinary proceedings against Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara over their clash in the Europa League match last month.