“It depends how we play and how much we provide him, and how efficient he is when he has these chances and these movements.
“But when he’s got this form of confidence when he is unstoppable.”
Arteta dismisses suggestions the 31-year-old is now rather too comfortable – although he does hint that there was more drive in his rhetoric during negotiations of his contract than there has been evident in his play of late.
“It is easy to connect things like his contract, but I am not suspicious of that,” Arteta said.
“I have seen, and we have had many conversations, about what he wanted to do from last year’s point of view to his near future in the next two years, and he was very ambitious with that.
“To maintain that level is really complicated but he is trying his best, he is trying hard. That is what he is aiming to do.”
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