Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta discussion over how they can fix Arsenal’s biggest problem

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The Gunners boss could learn a thing or two from his mentor as he seeks to take his side back towards the Champions League.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley was a frustrating one for Arsenal.

The Gunners looked to be in control after seizing an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘s low strike, but managed to lose their lead when Granit Xhaka misplaced pass in his own box bounced straight off the hip of Chris Wood into Bernd Leno ‘s goal.

The result leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League, seven points off the top six and nine points off the top four. With their chances of domestic qualification for European football looking increasingly slim next season Mikel Arteta seems sure of where his side’s problems lie.

“It’s true the feeling that I have the way we are playing that we can win any game,” he said after the match.

“But as well if you are giving something to the opponent obviously the game is all the time in the line.

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“This in my opinion is where we have the biggest margin for improvement.”

In Arsenal’s last four away games in the Premier League they have conceded an opening goal due to individual errors.

As Arteta looks for positive points from his side’s inconsistent form though, he may well look to his managerial mentor’s team as evidence of what can happen if he is able to iron these mistakes out the Gunners game.

Manchester City may have had their 28-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, but there is little doubting that they will go on to win the Premier League this season.

Pep Guardiola’ s side are 11 points clear of United in second with just 10 games to play and have been the most consistent team in the league by far this season.

It is quite the contrast from the season before when City ended up losing nine matches – only one fewer than Arsenal – and finishing 18 points off eventual champions Liverpool.

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Speaking to Rio Ferdinand ahead of the Manchester Derby, Guardiola outlined how important he felt ironing out individual errors from his side’s displays had been to brining about such a dramatic turnaround.

Absolutely,” he said when asked if increased consistency of correct decision making was important to City’s success.

“You know how important it is to be solid. The confidence you give for the rest of the team. When your strikers and holding midfielders they leave and they play and they think ‘ok behind I have a ‘keeper and two guys there or a back four’.

“The difference from last season – because we’re training, the way we prepare the way we train, the way we defend is the same – we don’t concede mistakes.

“The opponents are good they can score a goal, congratulations it’s football it’s normal. But before, especially last season, we gave them [and said] ‘guys here, score a goal.’ The big margin that has improved this season is like this.

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“So the opponents has to score because they are good, but we’re not giving them the chance so easily to score the goals. That is the big improvement.”

Last season City’s number of errors leading to goals stood at eight. This season it is just one.

Of course they have been helped by the £60 million addition of Ruben Dias to the back four which is a luxury Arteta is unlikely to have at Arsenal.

But if the Gunners boss can replicate what his former mentor has done at Manchester City this season, there is every piece of evidence to suggest that he has got them on the right track to moving back up the Premier League table again.


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