'It's good to go away, they've been through a lot'

Mikel Arteta believes our winter break to Dubai will help rejuvenate our squad after a "tough" few months.

We fly off this week and, speaking after our 0-0 draw with Burnley, our head coach says he expects it to have a positive influence.

"It's good to go away," Arteta told Arsenal Player. "The players have been through a lot.

"The last two or three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off. Then we're going to go to Dubai, start working and focus on Newcastle.

"We have to stay positive. It's very tough to come [to Burnley] and when the game develops like this, to control it is hard. I wanted to win so badly and I'm disappointed.

"I'm more disappointed with the unnecessary balls we have given away and put ourselves in trouble with. They press high and they are good at that but in many phases of the game, we could have done better.

"When we did better, we generated the chances we wanted."

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