Arsenal star Mikel Arteta assures fans that their frustration is mirrored by the anger felt in the dressing room at the Emirates in light of the team’s recent poor form.
The Gunners are yet to pick up a win in four games after their 2-0 win at home to Montpellier in the Champions League, whilst their last Premier League game brought about a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Michael Laudrup’s Swansea.
Facing one of the toughest periods of Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager, Arteta declares that a change “has to come from us,” to move forward in the league. The comment reflects Wenger’s statement earlier in the week when he said that change needs to come from “within the squad” rather than a view to the January window.
Arteta continued to say that “People are hurting, people are upset with themselves, the players are angry. I think that’s a good thing. It’s not like players couldn’t care less, they know what they need to do.”
“At Arsenal you have a group of players who want to give 100 per cent and that makes things so much easier. I always see that in the dressing room. Always,” adding emphasis.
“You feel that disappointment from the fans because they expect better. We need to turn it round as quickly as we can because we’ve got a good period around Christmas where we can create a different atmosphere, everyone’s happy on holiday and there’s a lot of games,” said Arteta.
One of those games sees Arsenal up against high-flying West Bromwich Albion at home, and the Argentine wants a “big reaction” against the Baggies, as do the fans.