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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is happy to take a pragmatic approach if it brings success to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners travel to Premier League champions Liverpool tonight looking to continue their winning start to the campaign.

They have won their two previous encounters with Jurgen Klopp's side - a 2-1 league victory in July before a penalty shoot-out success in the Community Shield last month.

Those wins, coupled with beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, having seen off Manchester City in the semi-final, have seen Arteta address some of the issues Arsenal have faced when coming up against their traditional top-six rivals of late.

The performances were also built on different foundations to those which former manager Arsene Wenger had laid during his 22-year tenure, but Arteta believes playing the 'Arsenal way' would be the wrong decision at present.

"Sometimes it's what you want to do as a coach and sometimes it's what you are allowed to do with the levels of players and performance that top teams can do against you," he replied when asked about moving away from the previous approach.

"If I am proposing something very difficult that is exposing our team right now, I don't think I'm acting in the best favour of the club or the players.

"The players we have available can change our game plan. We have to be able to adapt. I think in football now one way doesn't work unless you are superior to the opponent all the time.

"We just try to get the right momentum by doing the deals we believe are going to make us stronger and, with the resources we have at the moment, try to push as hard as we can as a team to do it as quick as possible."

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Scott Parker explained his side have to have a different "mindset" this year when it comes to winning matches ahead of their clash with Aston Villa.

Parker said: "What we need to understand is if we lose three on the bounce, we need to win the fourth, and if we win the fourth, we're back on track. That's where we are.

"Football clubs when you lose football matches are not nice places.

"What we did last year and the expectation on us and from me as the coach was that we couldn't afford to lose two or three on the bounce, or go four or five weeks without a result, because we were trying to win the league and get promoted.

"All of a sudden, this year it's a different mindset. There's a different expectation of us and our expectation is to try to stay in this division this year."

Belfast Telegraph