Mikel Arteta insists that the wretched form of Arsenal remains a “blip” and not a plunge into a relegation battle in the Premier League.
In the wake of Arsenal’s winless run extending to five league matches, Gunners boss Arteta thanked director Edu and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for their support.
In their opening 12 Premier League matches, Arteta shouldered the full blame for Arsenal’s seventh defeats-calling critics to fire all their shots at him as the boss.
Asked if he still retains the support of his players, Arteta replied: “My opinion is yes, but this is a question for them. When I see the reaction and the way they try, I don’t think there’s one thing that bothers me that they don’t try their hardest, for sure. And they clearly expressed their gratitude in terms of Edu and Pep, because it’s really simple in the good moments. It’s certainly much appreciated in tough moments when you have people like them giving you support and two people who know very very well what we’ve been through here.”
Arteta is not worried that Arsenal is now facing an unprecedented struggle for relegation and is optimistic that results will quickly turn around.