Under-fire Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal not good enough when pushed over future

Mikel Arteta has admitted that his Arsenal team are “not good enough” as he comes under fire.

The Gunners boss saw his side make it seven Premier League games without a win, limping to a 2-1 defeat against Everton.

It leaves the north London side, who have never been relegated from the top-flight, in 15th place – just four points off the bottom three.

When pressed on his future at Arsenal, Arteta made an honest admission about his position.

He simply said: “My energy and focus is only on getting the team out of that situation. It's not good enough or acceptable for this football club.”

Arsenal’s boss has been in the position for a year, taking the club from Unai Emery when they were 10th in the table.

With his side currently five places below that, Arteta admitted that he is feeling the pressure.

“Yes, obviously it’s a really complicated situation,” the Spaniard added.

“But I am very encouraged from what I see from the players to try and continue doing what we are trying to do with things that of course we have to improve.

“But as well I think we’ve been very, very unlucky not to pick up many, many more points.”

When asked if his position had become untenable, the Gunners boss could only repeat his earlier message.

Arteta, whose last win came against Manchester United at the start of November, said: “I understand that.

“My energy and my focus is only on getting the team out of that situation, maintaining the spirit of the team, the fight that the boys show every time they go on the pitch and the energy the boys show on the pitch.

“You can see that, you cannot deny that.

“Obviously we are against the results, it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough for the standards of this football club and this is the challenge. And the fact that we are against.”

It comes as Jamie Carragher called on the club to make seven new signings to support Arteta after their “shocking” business over the summer.

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