Arteta defiant; insisting he will not resign


After their worse start for almost half a century, Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta is defiant and insists results will improve.

Arteta, who guided the Gunners to the FA Cup title and the Community Shield, insisted he will not be resigning.

After losing to Everton on Saturday 2-1, pressure has increased on the 38-year-old to turn the clubs fortunes around.

The Gunners have failed to win any of their past seven Premier League games, losing five and drawing two, as they have dropped to 15th in the table.

“At the moment, I have to try to be as positive as I can.”

With their next match against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday and Chelsea in the Premier League on Boxing Day, it is difficult to see the Gunners turning their luck around.

“We’re going through a lot of difficulties; the last thing we want to be thinking of is more problems coming up in the next few months. I’m not in that state of mind,” he said.

“I know the responsibility that I have and why I am here. Everybody knows that from a few months ago, this wasn’t going to be resolved really quickly. I think that’s the consciousness of everybody at the club.”

After being appointed a year ago, Arsenal showed signs of improvements becoming hard to breakdown however, the goals have dried up.

They have scored three goals in their last seven outings and have been accused of indiscipline on the field.

He said the togetherness of the squad is unquestionable as they are all focused on turning results around.

“A club of this stature deserves the best and when it is not happening, everyone is going to question what is happening.

Arteta says he does not read “all the comments” about his side and urged his players to do the same.

“If I started to read all the comments, whether they are positive or negative, it would drive me mad,” he said.

“My suggestion to every player is exactly the same. All the time it happens with social media as well because you cannot control who is writing or what their intentions are, so it is a very dangerous thing to do.”

Asked what he was like as a player when things weren’t going his way, the former midfielder said: “I liked to look around me, whether it’s the staff, coaches, players and I wanted to see fighters.

“Normally when that happens, you have two types of people: fighters and victims.

“You need fighters and you don’t want any victims. Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.