Pablo Mari insists the Arsenal dressing room is ‘united’ and has urged the club to stick with manager Mikel Arteta despite a difficult start to the season.
Arsenal have won just once in their past six Premier League fixtures and currently sit 15th in the division following their worst start to a campaign in more than four decades, with the pressure beginning to grow on Arteta at the Emirates.
The Spaniard enjoyed an encouraging start to his reign with the north London side and guided the Gunners to the FA Cup last season, though the club have failed to build on success and have lost six times in their opening 11 fixtures to already sit eight points adrift of the top four.
Mari, however, believes Arsenal should stick by the under-fire Arteta and admits it takes time for a manager’s ideas to ‘evolve’, insisting the dressing room are united and working hard to turn the club’s season around.
“The first thing is that I think that quick manager changes are not the right thing to do,” Mari told The Mirror.
“When you appoint a coach, it is because he has given you the confidence that his idea of football is the one that you think is best for your club.
“If you don’t give it time for that idea to evolve, you aren’t giving it a chance. When you want to change a dynamic or a mentality of a club, it is difficult to do it in a month.
“About Mikel, I think the idea of the club has changed.
“The attitude, the mentality has changed.
“I go with Mikel until the end of the world. He just needs time.
“Soccer is not always rosy. I am happy because, despite the situation, we are united.
“In the dressing room, we give 100 per cent in every game, in every training session, to reverse this situation.
“But I think that within all this, football is streaks and I believe a lot in this kind of thing.
“We are in that dynamic right now, no matter how hard you try, football is not giving you everything that you give it. It is a matter of changing it.”