Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called for patience from the fans as the club languishes in the 19th spot after successive defeats against Brentford and Chelsea. Having spent the most transfers this summer across Europe, Arsenal are yet to score a goal having conceded four in their first two games.
The Gunners were defeated at home comfortably by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Sunday as fans booed their team’s performance at the end of the game. The tough start to Arsenal’s campaign will continue as they face West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, followed by an away trip to champions Manchester City in the league on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the West Brom game Mikel Arteta has asked the fans to back the team. The Spaniard added “I know they are disappointed when you lose at home, there has to be some reaction, but this is a project that is going to take some time.”
“You can see and tell from the recruitment that we’ve done and the really young squad that we have at the moment and it cannot happen overnight. We all want to make it as quick as possible and we know that the responsibility for us is to fight with the top teams in every competition and that’s not going to change, and I think we really need them and this group of players really needs them and the club needs them now next to us because we need that confidence, that support and that energy.”
On asked about the intentions and team selection for Carabao Cup, Arteta said “The approach is to win the game and go to the next round. To try to get players back if possible to help us because then we have Manchester City at the weekend, and to try to lift the players. Obviously they are hurt, the feeling is tough at the moment, they need some help as well with players coming back, and keep them together, because the spirit there is good.”
“They don’t need motivating. Honestly, they are really together, one thing they don’t need is motivating. That is really clear, they are really trying what they can do. Give them confidence – that is what they need.”