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Arteta insists he can turn season around

by Koolkola

We crashed out of Carabao cup after a 4-1 loss at home to Manchester City. Mikel Arteta reiterate s that he has the tools to save Arsenal’s season. However he admits his players will have to turn their poor form around in the coming weeks or they will be in big trouble.

He addressed the team performance and individual performance in his post match interview.

On the performance…

After one or two minutes, a really soft goal. After that, in the moment that we are, it’s difficult against this opponent. We get back in the game, we start to grow in the game, scored a really good goal and had a spell of 25 minutes where we were the better team. After that, we conceded the second goal the way we did. Against this level of opponent, obviously they penalise you and make life really difficult. After that, you are chasing it, we had a great counter-attack moment, we lose the ball and in the same play they scored from an offside position. Then you end up losing the game again.

On Runarsson’s performance…

He hasn’t played a lot of games for us. He’s adapting to the league and that’s it. We all make mistakes and we have to support him.

On whether he thought about playing Leno…

Yes. As well, we know that Bernd has played a lot of minutes, he needed some rest and we wanted to give opportunities to other players. Alex has done well in the other games and this happens in football.

On how he’s feeling…

It’s a hard one to take considering how the game went and the reaction the team had against this level of opponent. Obviously, when you give the goals away that we did it makes the game impossible.

On whether he has the tools to turn things around…

Yeah, we do. I see how much they try and what they are trying to do but at the moment a lot of strange things are happening in every game and that makes things really difficult.

On the importance of the festive period…

We have to turn it around, if we don’t we’re in big trouble. That’s the moment that is going to decide our season.

On whether he has victims or fighters…

I’m focused on the fighters that we have and the spirit we showed tonight again going against a really difficult opponent. I see a lot of fighters.

On January plans…

We are looking at the options that we have, players coming in and out. We’ll see what happens, it’s a really complicated window with the pandemic and the way football works at the moment, so we’ll see how things develop.

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