Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need to be 'careful' of relegation threat

‘Be fighters, not victims!’: Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need to be ‘careful’ of relegation threat and urges his players not to ‘bring excuses and negativity’ after their worst start to a season in FORTY-SIX YEARS

  • Mikel Arteta has issued a rallying cry to his underperforming Arsenal stars
  • Arsenal are winless in seven league games as they hover above the drop zone 
  • The Gunners boss said he needs ‘fighters, not victims’ in his dressing room 
  • Arsenal are in 15th, their worst start in 46 years as pressure mounts on Arteta 

Mikel Arteta has issued a rallying cry to his underperforming Arsenal stars as the Gunners boss urged his players to be wary of the relegation threat amid the club’s worst start to a season in 46 years.

The north London side have endured a torrid Premier League campaign thus far, with Saturday’s defeat at Everton extending the Gunners’ winless run to seven league games.

That form has seen pressure mount on the Arsenal boss who is looking to oversee a dramatic upturn in performances if the Gunners are to climb the table as they linger nervously above the relegation places.

Mikel Arteta has told his under-performing Arsenal stars to be ‘fighters, not victims’ 

The Gunners are winless in seven league games as pressure mounts on the Arsenal boss

And Arteta has conceded that relegation is a real threat in a stark warning to his under-fire players, whom he urged to be fighters, not victims.

‘I like to look around me, whether it is staff, coach, players and I want to see fighters,’ Arteta said this morning ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter final against Man City. 

‘Normally when that happens you have two types of people: fighters and victims. You just need fighters, you don’t want any victims. 

Arsenal are enduring their worst start in 46 years and linger above the relegation places

Ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Man City, Arteta called for his players to fight back

‘Victims just bring excuses, negativity and they start to blame everything that is happening around them or that is not going for them. You just need people who fight, people who contribute, people who are ready to give everything to the cause in these moments.’ 

‘When you are in this position and you have the points we have at the moment we have to look and be careful. Because we haven’t been a lot of time in this position.’

Arteta is under mounting pressure from fans with the club enduring its worst start to a season in almost half a century. However, the Spaniard insisted he does not pay attention to comments made online.  

The Spaniard said victims bring ‘excuses and negativity’ and said his players must give it all

‘If I start to read all the comments whether they are positive or negative, they would drive me mad. My suggestion to every player is exactly the same. All the time it happens with this social media.’  

‘The atmosphere at the club is as good as it can be when we are all hurting. Everybody is worried and everybody is suffering at the moment because we want much more. 

‘The unity is there. Is there 100 per cent unity around the club? It is impossible in any club even when you win because players who aren’t participating are always more difficult.’ 

Results ultimately determine a manager’s fate, but despite the club’s torrid run of results in the Premier League, Arteta is confident he has the backing from the board to transform the club’s fortunes.

‘Within the club my feeling is just support, encouragement and total confidence we’re going to get through this together,’ he insisted.

Club captain and talisman Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang was absent from the game at Goodison Park owing to a calf concern. Arteta said the striker will undergo a further scan this week on the issue and will miss the City game. 

‘Auba is not fit for tomorrow, that’s for sure. [He] is feeling much better. He was more positive yesterday than in the previous two days. He will have another scan in the next few days and we will see how quickly we can get him back in the team.’

More to follow. 

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