Arteta calls for improvement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rallied his troops to improve after a poor start to the season leaving them last in the table. Having failed to score a goal in their games against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, Arteta would be hoping to turn things around as they face Norwich City on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the game Arteta admitted he is under pressure to deliver results, and remained confident his team will do that against Norwich. The Spaniard added “We have tried to explain the project and the decisions that we have made over the last few months in the transfer window.”

The amount of changes that we’ve had in two or three years is almost 30 players. Edu explained it like I’ve tried to explain it. We have all participated, trying to create and build this project obviously led by the owners. It is a project that we believe in, that we have to assemble.”

“It was the option that we believe is best for the future of the football club. We all take responsibility because we were all involved in the decision. Now we have to make it work. The complexity in football is that you want to build a medium, long-term project with immediate results.”

And we have to embrace that because there is no other way in football, you’re going to have to have results and we are ready to do that.”

Having been hampered by injuries and quarantines in the earlier games, Arsenal will be happy to welcome back Gabriel, Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah and Ben White for the Norwich game. Speaking on the availability of players Arteta said “I am really looking forward to having everybody available and trying to start the season the way we want.”

We don’t want to use any excuses but we know how difficult the start was with injuries and a lot of covid issues we had, and extremely difficult games to play. We have to reset now, we need to start and hopefully get everybody back on track, and start to improve our game, which is what we have to do.”

On asked if Norwich is a must win game, Arteta said “It always is at Arsenal. The pressure is always there to be as high as possible in the league table. We need that first win. We’re playing in front of our fans after a disappointing start so it is down to us to provide everything that we have performance-wise, to gain a result at the end.”

Source: Sky Sports

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