The Arsenal manager has issued a rallying cry to his underperforming stars amid the club’s worst start to a season in 46 years. The Gunners are winless in seven games after their defeat to Everton, and Arteta has asked his players to be wary of the relegation threat. The poor run of results has placed Arsenal in 15th position, four points above relegation zone.
Arteta has asked his players to be fighters in order to turn around Arsenal’s performance and get the winning mojo back. Speaking ahead of their clash against Manchester City in Carabao Cup, the Arsenal manager said “I like to look around me, whether it is staff, coach, players and I want to see fighters. Normally when that happens you have two types of people: fighters and victims. You just need fighters, you don’t want any victims.
“Victims just bring excuses, negativity and they start to blame everything that is happening around them or that is not going for them. You just need people who fight, people who contribute, people who are ready to give everything to the cause in these moments. When you are in this position and you have the points we have at the moment we have to look and be careful. Because we haven’t been a lot of time in this position.”
Arteta, who is under enormous pressure due to recent run of results said he doesn’t pay attention to comments made on social media. The Spaniard added “If I start to read all the comments whether they are positive or negative, they would drive me mad. My suggestion to every player is exactly the same. All the time it happens with this social media. The atmosphere at the club is as good as it can be when we are all hurting. Everybody is worried and everybody is suffering at the moment because we want much more.”
“The unity is there. Is there 100 per cent unity around the club? It is impossible in any club even when you win because players who aren’t participating are always more difficult. Within the club my feeling is just support, encouragement and total confidence we’re going to get through this together.”