Arsenal star demands fans’ support for crunch games

Mikel Arteta has called on Arsenal’s fans to get behind the team for their crunch double header against Manchester United and Dortmund.

Club football is set to return at the end of this week following the international break, with The Gunners gearing up for a pair of important clashes in the space of just a few days.

Following defeat at Swansea in the league and a draw at home to Anderlecht – a game they were 3-0 up in – in Champions League action, the Londoners are sixth in the Premiership on 17 points and are facing a runners-up spot in their European group.

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The nature of recent dropped points has frustrated large sections of the Arsenal support, with some groups openly questioning Arsene Wenger’s tactics and ability to keep his players fully motivated.

Arteta believes that getting the fans back on side for the upcoming pair of ties will be key, and that good results can turn things around after a tricky November:

“We have two games, against Manchester United and (Group D leaders) Borussia Dortmund, at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again,” he told the club’s official website.

“A week ago, after three wins in a row, the place was getting back to normal with everyone looking happy. Then after two disappointing results, (it is down).

“It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation and we need to be where we want to be in April and May, so let’s be patient.”