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Arteta There’s a lot to improve

We made it four pre-season wins out of four on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over a competitive Orlando City side – taking our goal tally to 15 in the process.

But despite the impressive run of form, Mikel Arteta wants to see more from his team before the Premier League season kicks off in just over two weeks’ time.

“It’s going well but there are a lot of things to improve,” the boss said after the game.

“In terms of the consistency, the level that we play from minute zero to 95, has to still improve. Physically still we are not there because we haven’t loaded the players with 90 minutes yet, but there a lot of positive signs at the same time.”

He added that it took the side a while to get going, in a fervent atmosphere in the Sunshine State, against a side right in the middle of their domestic season.

“Right from the beginning it was very lively, from both supporters, but we suffered in the first half, physically. We didn’t pick up the rhythm, it’s warm, it’s humid and we didn’t show the determination to play the way we want to play.

“The game was open. But the second half was completely different, we took control of the game and played the way we wanted to play. We generated so many chances and the boys enjoyed it more.”

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