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Arteta resisting urge to ‘change everything’ after Villa defeat

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ikel Arteta says he must fight the urge to “change everything” as Arsenal aim to bounce back from their thumping defeat to Aston Villa by winning at Leeds on Sunday.

Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium by Villa before the international break in what was their worst home defeat in the Premier League all year.

Arteta has had over 10 days to stew on the result and his side will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The Spaniard has come under pressure to make changes for the match at Elland Road, like playing captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a central striker.

But Arteta told beIN Sports: “I think you are always tempted after a bad result to change everything you do.  

“And I think that’s a really bad temptation because a lot of things are working and it’s really clear on the things that we want to improve on, and how we’re going to.

“The reality is the last game left a really bad taste and the way we lost against Villa with the performance. I just wanted a game right the next morning!

“You want to take revenge straight away. Now it is time to think, to reflect, to be critical about the things you can improve.”

Arsenal’s clash with Leeds will be the second time they have taken them on this year after facing them in the FA Cup in January.

( Bielsa says his tactics are “not illegal.” / Getty Images )

Back then Arsenal were outplayed by Bielsa’s men – who were in the Championship at that point – during the first-half, but they fought back to win 1-0.

“I’ve been following Marcelo for many years,” Arteta added. “We have some friends in common, some players that they’ve been really attached to him over their careers.

“I have a lot of information on how he works; how he makes his teams play. You know when you face one of Marcelo’s teams that is going to be so intense, so difficult, and you have to be really, really prepared to face that type of opponent.  

“We experienced it in January. We had two really different halves, the first-half where it was a shock for our players, just to live that experience against them, and the second-half where we were much better and we ended up winning again.”

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