The players play so much better when they are behind us. He needs the collective structure and organisation and his teammates.
"I know him very well, so I'm not surprised".
He added: "I want to improve the players here, get everybody on board and understanding what we're trying to do".
However, former Manchester City assistant Arteta confirmed the 27-year-old midfielder, who is said to be a target for a host of European clubs, was absent due to illness and not because of an impending transfer.
"If something extra comes up and we think it's the right opportunity to improve what we have, let's do it".
"We had to stay in the Football League at all costs". A positive mentality is a fundament in the footballing world just as much as it is in the real world.
United scored six goals in their two festive games, Anthony Martial claiming three, Marcus Rashford two and teenager Mason Greenwood the other, their form on goal belatedly mitigating the summer sale of renowned striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
But now Saliba's loan deal could be cut short and he may be back at the Emirates when the transfer window opens on Wednesday, according to The Mirror.
"He scored goals, so I'm not anxious about the center-forward goals". Obviously it is a significant injury.
However, Arteta acknowledged that Ozil, victor of the World Cup, can not withstand all expectations himself if Arsenal wants to stop his worrisome fall, as 2020 begins sitting in the lower half of the Premier League.
It has been a hard adaptation period for the youngster who has had to play the unfamiliar position due to the absence of the injured duo of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.
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