Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal haven’t hit their stride yet but says that is down to injuries to key players. Arsenal have won just 4 matches this season out of 10 highlighting the inconsistency and the inefficiency of the side.
Mathieu Debuchy, Ozil, Koscielny, Ospina, Giroud all are long term absentees while Walcott has just returned from a serious injury. Wilshere and Ramsey have had niggling injuries all season and both haven’t had a sustained run in the side.
Arteta believes that the Gunners have finally found something close to consistency and will be taking their form into the next game. The skipper also talked about his own form saying that he too has found it difficult after being in and out of the side.
Arteta told arsenal.com
We have been quite consistent but for me I thinkthe fact that we drew three games in a row at home put us in a difficult perspective.
We had that disappointing result against Dortmund in the Champions League where we didn’t perform at all in my opinion, and after that we have been more consistent. I think we are [coming back to form], we have found a balance and we need to remind people that we had a lot of people injured and it was hard to pick the first XI three weeks in a row.
It was the same for me. It was a bit stop-start and I found it hard. I played two or three games, then got a little injury two or three weeks, now I am getting back again. It is very frustrating because you want to hit form and maintain that level.
Hopefully we are getting players back now, everybody is more consistent and fit and we are starting to see the best out of the players. Hopefully we continue keeping clean sheets as that makes it easier to win the games
We are slowly finding our feet after the early season stutters and a win on Tuesday would all but put us into the next round of the Champions league. We may be 9 points behind Chelsea but between now and the Liverpool game all fixtures are winnable, so there is no reason why can’t we catch Chelsea. Players are returning, we are finding form, Sanchez is terrorising defences and unless something disastrous to the extreme happens, Arsenal should be in touching distance of Chelsea come the New Year.