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Arteta says Arsenal errors are ‘not about structure’ and won’t change play style

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists that his side’s mistakes are “not about structure” after the 3-1 win at Olympiacos in the Europa League.

The Gunners have one foot in the quarter final thanks to their goal scoring form in Greece on Thursday.

But their performance was littered with errors as they got away with several slip ups to stay in control of the tie.

Both David Luiz and Martin Odegaard, who had opened the scoring with a fine strike, escaped without punishment for their lax play, but Youssef El Arabi pounced when Bernd Leno played Dani Ceballos into trouble to level the score around the hour mark.

Late finishes from Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny ensured Arsenal’s blushes were shared.

And Arteta showed no signs of rethinking his approach at full-time, maintaining that he does not have the sufficient time to train his players exactly how he wants them to play.

"It's not concentration it's about when you play the ball,” the Spaniard replied when asked how to stop making the errors.

“It is not about the structure or the decision making it's about when you play the ball.

“It's not about stopping the way we play because this is us and we get a lot of reward. It's about identifying when we do it and how we do it.

“Training it when we have more time which we don't because we play every three days. And keep consistent.

“But the worst thing we can do is get the structure to play and then don't be willing and have fear to play. It's better to play long then.”

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  • Speaking about the performance overall, Arteta had said: "We started the game really well, very dominant, created a lot of chances. We should have scored two or three in the first half.

    "We gave them a goal trying to play out from the back. And then we reacted really well to score two more goals. And we should have probably scored one more.

    "Overall a really positive result but we have to stop making the errors that are costing goals because we cannot sustain that at that level."

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