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Arteta answers questions on dressing room unrest and if Arsenal players back him

Mikel Arteta has responded to questions of dressing room unrest after reports that Arsenal players had turned on him.

The Gunners are going through a rough patch of form this season after seven defeats out of 12 in the Premier League.

Arsenal have made their worst start to a season since 1974/75 following their 1-0 loss to Burnley.

That was also their fourth home defeat in a row and the pressure is ramping up on Arteta.

Reports have emerged that the Spaniard has lost the dressing room.

With a number of crunch fixtures coming up over the next few weeks, Arsenal have simply got to start putting some points on the board or potentially face a shock relegation battle.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are under pressure

And Arteta has responded to the claims that there is civil unrest behind closed doors by admitting no club has a full squad of happy campers.

He said: “Well I said it many times when you have the squad that we have at the moment, for different circumstances it’s impossible to have 31 happy players in the camp.

“It’s absolutely impossible. I don’t know any club in the world who has that.

“But obviously when you lose again these things are going to come out again to put more pressure or be disruptive.

“I’m not interested in any of that.”

When asked if the players still support him, Arteta responded: “My feeling is yes but this is a question for them obviously.

David Luiz is one of the players Mikel Arteta has reportedly fallen out with

“Again, when I see the reaction and the way they try there’s not one bit that worries me that they’re not trying their best, that’s for sure.”

Arteta continued: “When you’re not getting results at the end of the day it’s the manager who has the maximum responsibility to get them.

“This football club is too big to accept this many losses in the past few weeks. My chest is here so hit me guys!”

Arsenal face high-flying Southampton next in the Premier League – who are 10 points ahead of them.

The Saints find themselves in a surprise top-four battle in a topsy-turvy season in the top-flight.

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