Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta admits it’s been a roller coaster season for Arsenal so far but says it’s down to the team to manage the situation and turn things around. Arsenal went into the international break on the back of a disappointing loss to Swansea that followed a dispiriting Champions league draw against Anderlecht at the Emirates.
Arteta, being the captain of the side, believes that it’s his responsibility to make sure that his teammates go into the game with confidence and not with doubts. Arteta himself has had a stop start season so far but despite his limitations, we are a better side with him playing. The Spainard is expected to be fit for the Man United game.
Mikel also stressed the importance of the games against United and Dortmund and said that if the results in those game went Arsenal’s way, the Gunners would get the crowd back on their side.
We have two games against Manchester United and Dortmund at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again. A week ago, after three wins in a row, the place was getting back to normal with everyone looking happy. Then after two disappointing results, [it is down]. It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation and we need to be where we want to be in April and May, so let’s be patient.
For me, the most important thing is to lead with confidence and remind the players how good they are. When you see some faces with disappointment and doubts, it is not good. They are players of the top level and after one, two or three performances it is natural – you get doubts, you are not happy with yourself, you get a bit down.
But we cannot allow that to happen here. It is very demanding to play three or four times in 10 days and bad periods are going to affect the team. So you need everyone on their toes and ready to fight.
As Mikel says we have to be on our toes, not to do a ballet but to fight against the despicable twats that we are gonna face this Saturday. Arsenal are currently 12 points behind another bunch of despicable morons that’s managed by an even more despicable moron, so the title may be gone but it’s important to say right behind the pack for the top spot. Also it’s been quite some time since we defeated United and we will never get a better chance than the one on Saturday. Let’s see how the Red Devils like playing with half their team out injured.