Mikel Arteta admits he feels overwhelmed by Arsenal’s terrible predicament, and agrees that the next three matches will determine whether the club is drawn into a relegation battle.
Arsenal 15 in Premier LeagueHaving picked up five points from their past ten matches, and after visiting Chelsea Boxing Day, they will head to Brighton on Tuesday and West Bromwich next Saturday – the two teams are currently two and seven points behind them.
“The next seven to eight days will be crucial to knowing where we are going in the Premier League,” Arteta said when asked directly about relegation.
The manager and his players appear to be trapped in a bubble of ever-diminishing results and confidence, with no way out to lift morale with a team contact session, for example, due to coronavirus restrictions. The last setback came on Tuesday when Arsenal lost 4-1 at home to Manchester City In the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
“At the moment, being a team rather than a group of players requires a lot of energy, to keep the team together and lively,” Arteta said. “You have to make them positive towards each other, so that they don’t start blaming any external factors or any individuals when things are not going well. The best thing to do when you are this way is to have the potential to do things outside of our site. Get them together.” , And change the environment, but at the moment we can’t do that.
“The players put a lot of energy and enthusiasm in order not to lose what we’re building. But it takes a lot of energy because when you lose games, every match has a lot of weight on your shoulders.”
“People are suffering, we are in pain and you have to come back, be the captain again and try to push the players. The players respond and get excited again for the game. It happens but the best treatment is to beat Chelsea.”
Arteta then delivered his last entourage cry, although it had long since crossed the point where actions on the field were the task. He said, “We have to stand and we have to pick up the points.” “Let’s draw a line and move on. Whether it’s bad luck or these things that affect our results, they must change dramatically.”