Arteta: ‘We have to reset now’

Thu 09 September 2021 | 14:11

Mikel Arteta believes the club must “reset” after their disappointing start to the new season and is confident that they will be able to bounce back soon.


lost their opening three games against Brentford, Chelsea, and Manchester City without scoring a goal and now are bottom of the

Premier League

table, according to

Sky Sports


They were the league’s highest spenders during the summer window and after their slow start to the season, technical director Edu has been forced to defend their transfer policy.

Mikel Arteta

admits that he is under a lot of pressure but still is confident that they can bounce back - starting at home to Norwich on Saturday.

"We have tried to explain the project and the decisions that we have made over the last few months in the transfer window,"

Arteta said.

"The amount of changes that we've had in two or three years is almost 30 players. Edu explained it like I've tried to explain it.

"We have all participated, trying to create and build this project obviously led by the owners. It is a project that we believe in, that we have to assemble.

"It was the option that we believe is best for the future of the football club. We all take responsibility because we were all involved in the decision.

"Now we have to make it work. The complexity in football is that you want to build a medium, long-term project with immediate results.

"And we have to embrace that because there is no other way in football, you're going to have to have results and we are ready to do that."

Fortunately, Gabriel, Thomas Partey, and Eddie Nketiah will be available for Saturday’s clash as they have fully recovered from their injuries and also, Ben White will be available after he was tested positive for coronavirus.

However, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka are going to miss the game due to thigh injury and suspension respectively.

"I am really looking forward to having everybody available and trying to start the season the way we want,"

he added.

"We don't want to use any excuses but we know how difficult the start was with injuries and a lot of covid issues we had, and extremely difficult games to play.

"We have to reset now, we need to start and hopefully get everybody back on track, and start to improve our game, which is what we have to do."

When he was asked whether they must win their Saturday’s game, he added:

"It always is at Arsenal. The pressure is always there to be as high as possible in the league table.

"We need that first win. We're playing in front of our fans after a disappointing start so it is down to us to provide everything that we have performance-wise, to gain a result at the end.”

Takehiro Tomiyasu

joined the Gunners on a £19.8 million deal from Bologna and is going to meet the club on Thursday afternoon after returning from international duty.

Arsenal are hopeful that the Japan international’s work permit will be finalized in time so he could feature in the game against Norwich.

"He has got the capacity to play in any position in the back four,"

said Arteta.

"He has done it all across the back four and in a back three as well. He gives us versatility, he gives us different qualities in that right-back position.

"He's a player that we've followed for a long time and he brings qualities that we didn't have in the squad."

source: SportMob

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