Mikel Arteta claimed “nothing is broken” as he hit back at media coverage regarding his tenure as Arsenal boss.
The Gunners boss was speaking after his side beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time in a decade.
Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half strike, which came after a glaring Jorginho error, was the only goal in the game as Arsenal made it two Premier League wins on the spin.
But rather than go into detail on the derby-day win, Arteta launched a rant at the media for how his quotes have been analysed.
Arteta had mentioned in the build-up that the majority of his Arsenal players had not hit their full potential this season.
The Spaniard was asked after the victory, whether that proved that everything was not broken in the Gunners camp.
“Nothing is broken. Inside, nothing is broken. I don’t know how they’ll try from the outside, but inside no,” he told Sky Sports.
“They will try to put things on me that I never said, but you can see the spirit of the team, from the first minute.
“It doesn’t matter, we’re playing to be seventh, eighth, ninth, you can see that and you can never doubt the effort and how much they try.”
“I said if I don’t get 120% off each player, its my fault and my responsibility.
“It wasn’t like this in the press and I am so annoyed with that.
“My players, I will defend them in front of anybody for the rest of the time I’m here because they deserve that because they earn it every single day.”
He continued: “They give me that every single day. Everybody that is here does that, because if they don’t, I’m not here or the player is not here.
“The only thing I’m going to demand until the last day is they give me everything they have, that’s all.
“After that the ability, they can play better, win, lose, but that is unquestionable and non-negotiable, 100%.”
Asked why they have fell short, if not for effort, Arteta continued: “Because there are many more things. Because there is competition and this is the level we play against.
“I’m really happy with a lot of things that we’ve done, right from the first minute.
“The attitude and desire to win that we showed. We had to dig in, you have to against this team because they are a fantastic team.
“We did it because we put everything we had to get the best possible result and we did.”
On why he was so annoyed at the way his quotes had been reported, Arteta claimed: “Because they’re not going to break that.
“They can try but they’re not going to break that, not the chemistry we have, not only with the players but with our staff, all the coaching staff, with the board.
“They cannot touch that, and if they try to touch it, it can be with opinion, but not saying something that I never said. I’m not taking that and that’s the first time I have to make my point.”
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