Arteta praises fans after Arsenal win
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Mikel Arteta has admitted that life at Arsenal has been tough in recent weeks but is optimistic that the club’s disappointing run of form will quickly turn. The Gunners have endured a terrible start to the new Premier League season, winning on just one occasion since the beginning of the campaign.
Arsenal suffered three successive defeats at the hands of Brentford, Manchester City and Chelsea before earning a narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
The club’s poor form has seen Arteta put under increased pressure to turn things around in order to mount a return to the Premier League’s upper reaches this season.
The Gunners were the division’s biggest spenders throughout the summer transfer window, splashing in excess of £150m on six new players.
However, Arteta has been unable to translate the backing provided by the Kroenke family into positive on-pitch results thus far.
He told reporters on Thursday that although it has been a difficult period for Arsenal as of late, they still have every chance of pulling through and getting themselves back on track over the next few weeks.
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“Life brings you things and you cannot decide it,” said Arteta.
“There are certain things that you cannot control. What is coming to you is coming for a reason. Sometimes we don’t want to see it, but it’s coming for a reason and it’s probably for the right reason.
“Then it’s about how you take it and how you respond to that. The way that everyone around me responded is the way that I responded. That’s why it’s been fine.
“It’s tough because it hurts, because you want to see something different. But what you want is not always what happens.
“Things happen for a reason and maybe what is happening had to happen and [maybe] it’s going to be really good for the club and really good for myself and everybody experiencing that situation. We have to believe that.”
Arsenal will travel to Burnley, who remain winless in the Premier League, on Saturday afternoon as they look to maintain their newly-found winning momentum with another three points at Turf Moor.
It remains to be seen whether Arteta will allow Aaron Ramsdale to retain his place in goal after keeping the club’s first clean sheet of the season against Norwich.
When quizzed on his new goalkeeping dilemma, the Arsenal boss insisted that he will decide who starts on merit, with Bernd Leno pushing for a recall after he was overlooked last time out.
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“It’s the same in every position, we want them to make each other better,” added Arteta.
“We are competing against opponents, we are not competing against each other here. We are just trying to bring in players that raise the level of the players who is playing that position, the level of the team, the level of the club and this is the only reason.
“Obviously for Bernd, it wasn’t a pleasing communication to tell him he wasn’t playing. But he is a top professional and a top person.
“So he should be disappointed, but he should support his team-mate like they all do with him every time he has played, and that’s exactly what he has done.”
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