Bukayo Saka says Mikel Arteta has his own philosophy to get Arsenal back winning trophies again, and the players just need to get on board.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta of reacts. Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Despite a disappointing result against Chelsea, Arsenal showed a lot more promise than they have for most of the season. They took a first-half lead, for a start, which is almost unheard of in 2019/20.

It’s early days, but it seems the players are ready to buy into Arteta’s ideas. No one ever said he’d immediately fix every problem at the club, we all just want to see a long-term goal and the short-term steps towards reaching it.

Bukayo Saka thinks Arteta has a clear plan for the future with Arsenal.

“He’s someone who understands the players, understands the club and all the ideas that he’s bringing in,” Saka said. “He has a clear strategy of how he wants us to play and we’re just really excited to work with him.

“He has his own way, his own philosophy and he’s even talked about bringing his own philosophy to the club, to try to bring the club back to the direction we need to be in.

“We need to win games and win trophies, so I feel like he has that vision and that strategy. He knows how he wants us to get there. If we can be on board and do what he wants us to, we’ll do well.”

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battles for possession with Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battles for possession with Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth. Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019, in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The players certainly need to take responsibility and get on board. It’s impossible for the new head coach to achieve anything without the squad’s backing. To their credit, they seem to be behind Arteta in the early stages of his tenure.

Obviously, Arsenal need a little more luck than they got against Chelsea as well. When your team’s best player makes his biggest mistake of the season to allow an opponent who should’ve been sent off to score, you know things aren’t going your way.

It doesn’t get any easier, with a game against Manchester United next. The team just have to keep giving their best until things turn around.