Mikel Arteta insists there is ‘no quick fix’ to Arsenal’s problems and says his rebuild of the club is a long-term job following their disappointing start to the season.
Arsenal have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season and worst to any campaign since 1974/75, their home humbling by Burnley last weekend leaving the club 15th in the Premier League and just five points above the relegation places.
The defeat to Burnley also saw Arsenal lose four consecutive home games in the league for the first time in over 60 years, scoring just once and conceding seven goals during that time.
Arteta’s reign had initially shown promise during his opening months in charge at the Emirates, briefly galvanising the squad and leading Arsenal to FA Cup success to raise optimism ahead of a new era.
However, as the Spaniard approaches the first anniversary of his appointment his job is coming under increasing pressure, though Arteta has outlined his determination to turn things around and insists there is no ‘quick fix’ to his rebuild.
“We all knew when I took the job here that this wasn’t a quick fix at all,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference.
“Too many things here that had to be resolved. To many big decisions to make
“A lot of changes are happening and would happen. This takes time. Are we pleased with the result? Absolutely not. I’m the first one angry and frustrated because I think we deserved much more than what we have.
“It’s our own fault. We need to look for the future, knowing that the present as well is really, really, important.
”Before looking at the future you have to look at the past.
“How you move things forward. The things that are working and the things that have to change.
“We all knew the bumps were coming. I said it many times in this room. It’s how we deal with them. How strong we are to get through them and sometimes when thing gets ugly its necessary to get brighter and better.
“For sure nobody likes to be in this situation in the Premier League. It’s not good enough and its not acceptable.
“The fact it isn’t a quick fix doesn’t mean we are accepting the situation. The contrary.”
Arsenal return to action when they face high-flying Southampton tomorrow evening, with the Gunners seeking to end their wretched recent record at the Emirates against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.