Arsenal: Arteta confuses fans with statistical breakdown
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta retains the support of the bulk of the club’s dressing room ahead of their Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City and believe some of the issues they are facing were inevitable.
The Gunners have lost eight of 14 Premier League matches and go into tonight’s League Cup quarter-final tie (8pm kick-off) with the holders of the competition desperate for a morale-boosting result.
The north London club’s only wins in their past 10 games across all competitions have come in the Europa League and they languish down in 15th in the league with just 14 points.
That has seen Arteta come under pressure with the Spaniard in dire need of a turnaround, although the club’s board remain fully behind the 38-year-old.
Arteta has now been in charge for a year and insists he has no thoughts about stepping away from his job with his team winless in their previous seven top-flight games.
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Going up against City, where he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant before returning to Arsenal in December 2019, Arsenal face a huge task to get back to winning ways domestically.
And that task does not get any easier at the weekend when they face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who are looking to rival Liverpool for this year’s title.
But according to the Daily Mail the bulk of Arteta’s squad remain behind their manager and think because they are a team in transition, some of the issues plaguing the side were always going to crop up.
The Londoners’ board accept the goal-shy Gunners are lacking a creative attacking midfielder and are prepared to back Arteta in the updcoming January transfer window.
However there is a concern from the hierarchy that there are some players growing increasingly discontent at the club and that they are causing problems of division within the dressing room.
Arsenal fear there are members of the squad exacerbating problems with issues rife on and off the pitch – but Arteta will hope to turn things around before it becomes too toxic.
Speaking on the eve of City’s trip to north London, Arteta insisted he wants to use the cup clash as a springboard for an improved festive period.
“Well this is what we want to use it for,” he said. “As well this is a competition that we want to try to win.
“We had two difficult opponents before with Leicester and Liverpool. We managed to beat them both and now we’re plying at home, we’re one step closer to Wembley.
“It’s a really nice game for us to play because it’s the type of game we’re looking for through the season.
“Within the club my feeling is just support, encouragement and total confidence we’re going to get through this together. Externally I never read what is happening.
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“I know more or less what is happening but I never read it in beautiful moments I don’t read it, in difficult moments I don’t read it.
“Obviously a club of this stature deserves the best and when it’s not happening everyone is going to question what is happening. I’m the responsible one in terms of results so I have to accept that.”
On their Premier League situation, he added: “When you are in this position and you have the points we have at the moment we have to look and be careful [of getting sucked into a relegation battle].
“Because we haven’t been a lot of time in this position. I think last year when I came in we were in a very similar position and the same talk was around the place.
“It’s normal because we need to s tart picking up points and then forget about it, start looking up the table much further.
“It’s normal because when you look at the table you start getting conclusions pretty quickly.”
After hosting City tonight, Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates on Boxing Day (Saturday, 5.30pm kick-off) before ending 2020 away to Brighton three days later.
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