Mikel Arteta has admitted he has had to ditch the ‘ Arsenal way’ at times already in his tenure in order to try and achieve the desired results.

The Gunners come up against champions Liverpool for the third time in three months on Monday night, having won both of their last two meetings against them.

In each of those encounters, Arteta’s men have surrendered possession in favour of a more defence-minded approach – going against the traditional beliefs of Arsenal’s slick, passing brand of football.

However Arteta insists his tactics have been necessary and has no qualms about repeating the trick in future.

“Sometimes it’s what you want to do as a coach and sometimes it’s what you are allowed to do with the levels of players and performance that top teams can do against you,” Arteta said.


“I think they were different games. The ones you mention we had very long periods where we had to defend deeper than we would like to.

“But we have to prepare the games finding scenarios to win. I’m here to win. I’m here to find ways to do it.

“If I am proposing something very difficult that is exposing our team right now, I don’t think I’m acting in the best favour of the club or the players.

“We have to be able to adapt. I think in football now one way doesn’t work unless you are superior to the opponent all the time.”

Monday’s fixture will certainly have a different element of competitiveness to it.

While Arsenal won 2-1 in July’s Premier League meeting, Liverpool already had the title wrapped up and looked to have taken their foot off the gas somewhat.

And even though it was Arsenal’s name on the trophy after last month’s Community Shield, the game did finish all square in 90 minutes.