Arsenal boss Arteta to trial new post-Europa League plan in bid to improve form

Arsenal are set to try out new travel plans as they prepare to juggle their Europa League clash against Olympiacos with their Premier League commitments.

The Gunners return to European action this week with a trip to Greece in what is the second of three matches in seven days.

Normally the club would travel back late on the night of the away game – in this case a Thursday night – but will now prolong their stay by an extra day and return on Friday.

Arteta wants his side to get the benefit of a proper warm-down as he seeks the best form of recovery for his team following the winter break, reports the Athletic.

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The Spaniard will then return to London Colney will his squad shortly before their game with Everton on Sunday.

Fitness has been central to the changes Arteta has looked to implement in north London, which is hardly surprising given his association with Pep Guardiola who demands absolute commitment from his players.

There are already signs that Arsenal are beginning to adopt methods employed by the Catalan at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

Arteta saw his team win for just the fourth time in all competitions as they put four past Newcastle at the Emirates on Sunday. That backed up wins against Manchester United in the league and FA Cup successes over Leeds and Bournemouth.

Their commanding display against the Magpies has given them a small chance of qualifying for the Champions League, although a route into Europe's top competition exists should they win the Europa League.

North London rivals Tottenham occupy fifth spot, which could ensure qualification for the Champions League following Manchester City's UEFA ban, and are six points ahead of the Gunners.

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