Arteta needs new-look Arsenal to start firing ahead of Norwich clash


rsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been in football long enough to know that the idea of ‘bread today, jam tomorrow’ is a hard sell to supporters.

Both Arteta and technical director Edu have stressed over the past fortnight how the Gunners are working on a long-term project  opting to invest heavily in youth this summer  but in the coming weeks they need to focus on the here and now.

It has been a disastrous start to the season for Arsenal, who go into tomorrow’s home game against Norwich sat bottom of the Premier League.

They have failed to win a point, score a goal and the heat is on Arteta to turn things around.

“The pressure is always there to be as high as possible in the league table,” said the Spaniard.

“We need the first win and we are going to play in front of our fans after a disappointing start, so it is down to us to provide everything we have performance-wise to earn the result we want at the end.”

The challenge for Arteta is a difficult one as he tries to balance looking to the future with performing right now.

Few clubs, particularly those at the top, are able to build a long-term project and deliver results at the same time.

Arteta is well aware of that difficulty, but he believes he can steady the ship enough to keep supporters onside during what looks like a pivotal run of matches this coming month. After

Norwich, Arsenal face Burnley, AFC Wimbledon, in the Carabao Cup, Tottenham  who currently sit at the opposite end of the Premier League table  and Brighton. Most feel like winnable games, and certainly supporters want to see signs of progress after a record spend of more than £140million in the summer transfer market.

“The complexity in football is that you want to build a medium to long-term project with immediate results  and we have to embrace that, because there is no other way in football,” added Arteta. “You are going to have to get results and we are ready to do that.

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“Edu explained it like I tried to explain it. We have all participated, trying to create and build this project, led by the owners, and it is a project we believe in, that we have to assemble because it is the only option that we believe was best for the future of the club.”

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