Mikel Arteta strikes gold by finally solving age-old Arsenal issue – 'I'm really pleased'

“How some players took leadership and described what happened in a really honest way, and looked forward.

“This is not something that in a season it will never be like this, there are always bumps in the road, there are results, there are injuries, there are issues you have to deal with and I really like how the team has reacted through the week.”

Asked if that is a common occurrence after a match, Arteta admitted it hadn’t happened before during his reign.

He said: “This is something that before it didn’t happen, and I am really pleased it is happening at the moment.”

Arteta refused to name the players who stood up and showed the leadership he admired – that will surely come out in the Amazon Prime documentary which continues to be filmed.

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