Mikel Arteta praised his players after they fought back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Rangers. Having lost their first pre-season friendly against Hibernian, debutant Nuno Tavares scored his first goal for the Gunners as they prepare to play Inter Milan next Sunday in the Florida Cup semifinal.
Speaking to Arsenal media after the draw, Mikel Arteta said he was happy with his team’s performance. He added “Overall I’m really pleased with the performance. I think we dominated the game, we created so many chances – I counted about eight or 10 clear chances to score – but this game is decided in both boxes.”
“We weren’t clinical in the opponent’s box and we conceded two goals from two corners, which were the only chances they had apart from the counter-attack from our own corner. It’s much better from the other day and you tell that physically we were already better in the second game, the organisation was better, individually they played better, but I really liked the collective understanding of the game and how we executed a lot of things we’ve been working on in the training pitch.”
“It’s been really good. We created so many chances but we are not converting enough. Today we should’ve scored many more goals and with the quality of the players we have up front, they have to demand much more of themselves.”
“But at least we are getting there, the process is becoming much clearer, much better. Without the ball as well, we worked really hard and were really efficient. We won a lot of balls in the final third so there are a lot of positives to take.“
Speaking on Tavares Arteta said “A great debut with his right foot as well! He’s only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and then the quality on the ball that he has. He’s integrating with the lads really well, so it’s a good start.“