Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is optimistic the Gunners will impress their fans with their match against West Brom.
In a candid interview posted on its Arsenal’s website, Arteta admits that his team is in the wrong place.
He says there is no excuse for the failure Arsenal has had in the past two matches since the season resumed.
“We should not use too many excuses to justify where we are, just try to use the moment and the challenge ahead of us as an opportunity and take it and encourage everybody around you to have the same mentality, the same energy, and things will turn around,” he exudes.
“We have done a lot of work, we are under difficult circumstances at the moment, but we need everybody together and the spirit to be fair around here, the togetherness that we have around the team, and even with the ownership, it’s really strong, but we need to give our fans and probably the outside world some encouragement, and that’s only given with results, so we need to get results,” he adds.
Speaking of the losses with Brentford and Chelsea, Arteta says “their preparation was disturbed”.
“We had to do something at the Brentford game and we had to alter it 24 hours before the game. It happened exactly the same thing against Chelsea, but we have to adapt.
“I want to say they are a team that never gives up and we didn’t do it in either of those two games, so I think there were different feelings after the games. Against Chelsea, you saw a team in the second half as well that keeps believing. But, to be fair, they were better than us, and that’s football.
Arsenal’s midfielder Granit Xhaka expressed disappointment after they lost their first home game on Sunday against Chelsea.
Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0.
The Swiss midfielder while speaking after the game said this is a time for the Gunners to stick together.
Xhaka maintains that Arsenal fans have every reason to feel betrayed and it is disappointing.
He says there are a lot of lessons they have to learn from the Chelsea game and emulate the same.
“We had the fans behind us after a long time, we wanted to give them something back,” he said. “But I think you could see today why Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe. They are doing some good things, but I think we can take something good from today as well.