Arteta asks his players to change their mindset

Arsenal suffered their fourth defeat in the Premier League against an impressive Aston Villa side and missed the chance to climb up to sixth position in the table. The Gunners were expected to win after their commanding display against Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, Arteta’s men managed to hit just two shots on target when compared to Aston Villa’s six.

Arteta, who was quite understandably frustrated with the result and his team’s performance said “Big teams can’t afford that. We cannot afford that. You win a football match, two football matches, three. We expect to win every game and this is the standard that we have to set. So if someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that.

I’m not going to accept that mindset at all and it’s obviously not what this club deserves. It’s my full responsibility and now I have to find a way to do it. I think that since I arrived here, it’s the first time that I’ve felt that we performed really under our standards and what we are trying to set at this football club. It’s unacceptable. I would like to have a game tomorrow morning to get this one out of the system. But as well, in difficult and bad moments, you get a lot of things.

I want to see how people react, how players react and if we start to blame each other or if we just look at ourselves in the mirror and then try to become much better than what we’ve shown tonight, which we are. Then, after that, get everybody back together and get the fighting spirit, the belief and the commitment that we’ve shown since I got here, into every game.

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