Mikel Arteta warns Arsenal can’t afford to take ‘cheap risks’
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta says the Gunners can't afford to take "cheap risks" in their pursuit of the Premier League crown
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal can’t afford to take “cheap risks” if the Gunners want to win the Premier League title this season.
The vice-captain is expected to return to Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up for the clash against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Saturday after serving a one-game ban following his sending off last weekend.
The Spain international was issued with straight red card after he prevented a Palace counter-attack by hauling down Maroaune Chamakh, with the Gunners leading 1-0 at the time.
Arsenal went on to win 2-0, but the uncapped Spaniard believes the north London side cannot afford to take “cheap risks” in their pursuit of the top-flight crown.
“If we want to play the way we play, we have to take risks – they just have to be the right risks and not cheap risks,” Arteta told London Evening Standard.
“For example, when we are 1-0 up away from home [against Palace], we don’t need to take so many risks. But we don’t have any other way to play.
“We want to dominate, we want to dictate games and if there is a chance for us to win the title, it has to be that way.”