Arsenal's players' behavior changed a lot when Arteta took care of them.
LONDON — Hector Bellerin credits Mikel Arteta for making changes to the team's off-ball movement Arsenal which will not be seen by fans and experts. Arteta endured a frustrating first full season as Gunners boss last term, presided over the club's worst start to a league campaign in 46 year.
Emirates supporters asked him to leave amid a streak of four home defeats in a row throughout October and November, and again when a timid appearance saw them ousted by former boss Unai Emery, who coached Villarreal in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
They also lost European qualification for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League. Even though their season is bad, Bellerin has opened up about the changes Arteta has made at Arsenal that people may not notice.
“I think personally at Arsenal there is something (emphasis on ballless movement) which has changed a lot,” said the Gunners defender on the High Performance Podcast quoted from Daily Star, Monday (21/6). “I think their ethics and way of working since Mikel became club manager has changed completely,” he added.
He revealed the behavior of the players changed a lot when handled by Arteta. There is more emphasis on that behavior, start from how to run, back or how to create space for players.
“Because you know you can move to receive the ball, You can move to keep players away or you can move to outer space, there are many ways you can move and sometimes a goal is scored not by the player who passes the ball or by the player who scores the goal but by the player who actually creates space,” he explained.
“The fans in the stands or even the experts sometimes they won't see that,” he said.