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Arteta on Arsenal’s Dubai trip: Everything clicked after that

Mikel Arteta credits Arsenal’s remarkable turnaround to their winter training camp in Dubai, where he believes “everything clicked.”

Following their week-long stay in the United Arab Emirates in January, the Gunners embarked on a streak of seven consecutive Premier League wins, netting an impressive 31 goals along the way.

The training camp proved pivotal for Arsenal, coming on the heels of back-to-back league losses to West Ham and Fulham, followed by an exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool.

With their resurgence, the north London club now finds themselves just two points shy of the Premier League summit with 11 matches remaining in the season.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Brentford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Arteta said: “It was necessary (the camp).

“We had a tough period before where we played so many games and had some defeats. It was necessary to help us keep improving and demanding of ourselves, especially with the weather and some of the things we had time to work on.

“Everything clicked, we won, we played good and that helps.

“It was really good and it came at the perfect time for us. We built the chemistry around the place. The amount of time we spent together – we enjoyed the time on the field and off the field. It was a really positive trip.”

Arteta gives his verdict on Aaron Ramsdale

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will reclaim his spot in the starting XI, replacing David Raya, who is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Arteta praised the mindset of the sidelined England international, urging him to seize his chance this weekend.

“He’s trained very well and he’s desperate to play, like all of the other boys, and it will be a great day for him on Saturday,” Arteta said.

“He has been brilliant, he’s really supportive and pushes in training. It’s a joy to have two top goalkeepers.

“One of the toughest things is dealing with players who don’t have the amount of time (on the pitch) which they deserve.

“We have an unbelievable group of players and we try to be straight with them and explain to them by giving them the support.

“When they get the opportunity at the end they try to contribute in the best possible way and that’s what Aaron will do.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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