Arteta accepts current Arsenal’s poor run is ‘not good enough’


During this sequence, the Gunners have lost five times.

However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits that the current results are unacceptable and do not meet the high standards the club has set for itself, but claims that they have been unlucky during the seven games without a win.

Their 2-1 defeat at Everton was their fifth in a row and their worst points haul – 14 from 14 games – since 1974/75.

Overall, they have lost eight times, with only bottom-placed Sheffield United having a worse record, putting pressure on Arteta, who celebrates his one-year anniversary at the club on Sunday.

And he accepts they need to turn things around before the situation becomes “impossible”.

“I understand (the criticism), but my energy and focus is only on getting the team out of this situation,” he said.

“The spirit and the fight that the guys show every time they go on the field, you can see that, you can’t deny that.

“There’s no question against the results, it’s not good enough and not acceptable by the standards of this soccer club.

“Obviously it’s a really complicated situation, but I’m very encouraged by what I see from the players who will try to continue what they’re doing.

“We have to improve, but I also think we were very unlucky not to get more points.

“We have played well in the Europa League and cup competitions, but in the Premier League we have struggled to get results.

“The reason we lose games is because the gaps are so small, but we need to change those gaps quickly before the situation becomes impossible.”

Arsenal recorded just three shots on goal in the entire match and their form was not helped by the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed with a calf problem.

The Gabon striker could miss the Christmas program.

“We need him as soon as possible. He has a small strain and will need a few days. I don’t know if it’s a week or two weeks, it depends on how the injury goes.”

Ancelotti also celebrates his one-year anniversary on Monday, but his team is in second place after three wins in eight days.

“I think we are doing really well this season,” he said.

“This season we started better and now we are in a good position in the table and we have shown a lot of consistency in the last three games, a lot of fighting spirit and we have to be happy with what we are doing now.”


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