Mikel Arteta outlines key Arsenal difference from last season

Arsenal ran out 6-0 winners over Lens in the Champions League on Wednesday to secure their spot in the knockout rounds.

Before that, the Gunners ground out a 1-0 win over Brentford at the weekend to go top of the Premier League. Back Arsenal to win the title at 7/2 with bet365.

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Mikel Arteta confirms key Arsenal change

Arsenal, of course, came close to winning their first Premier League title since 2004 last season but collapsed in April after spending much of the campaign top of the table.

A key reason for the collapse was Arsenal have one of the youngest squads in the division and a lack of experience meant the north Londoners did not have the mental fortitude to deal with such pressure.

This season, however, Mikel Arteta believes his side’s mentality is much tougher than last time out:

“At the end, it is the capacity and the amount of resources you have to win a game, how many ways can you find to win a game,” said Arteta.

“Sometimes it will be that the weather doesn’t allow you [to play in the right way], sometimes it is fatigue, because you played three days before, sometimes it is the opponent, sometimes you are not at your best, but the team always finds a way to win.

“And that a lot comes from mentality and having that will to win, regardless of what is happening. Take it personally and make it happen.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.