Mikel Arteta says he will stick with the direction he takes at Arsenal despite a terrible start to their Premier League campaign which has led to further unrest among fans.
The former Arsenal midfielder joined champions Manchester City on Saturday having taken no points and failed to score in their opening two matches.
The team were booed at half-time and full-time by their fans in last Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
Former players like Ian Wright were astonished by the apathy of the performance against Chelsea and wondered if the players were listening to Arteta.
Arteta has been allowed to spend more than his rivals – even though he can’t offer European football this season – by paying out £ 130million ($ 178million), including £ 50million for England defender Ben White.
The Spaniard can signal that his team are affected by a coronavirus epidemic – Alexandre Lacazette and White among those who have been put down – and the squad will be strengthened by the return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the City game.
The Gabon international scored a hat-trick in his first start this season, beating the West Brom championship team 6-0 on Wednesday.
Arteta – who guided the Gunners to lift the FA Cup in 2020 months after replacing compatriot Unai Emery – is adamant his strategy for the team is the right one.
“No, not the management,” he said in response to whether he doubted his methods.
“You have to know how to adapt.
“You have to be able to see what’s going on and how to help the team and the individuals on the ground, with your speech, or with the way you communicate with them, or what you ask them to do, and adapt a a little.
“But the leadership is not going to change. “
Arteta – who returns to the club where he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant on Saturday before taking on the Arsenal job – added he was up to the challenge of improving results on the pitch and making fans happy at new.
“I can’t have more energy, more determination and more desire to make a difference,” Arteta said.
“I don’t think anyone has that more than me right now.
“When we’re doing well, when people are having fun, when people feel like they’re a part of what we’re doing, people are happy – and when we have that power, I just focus on that. “
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