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‘We knew this wasn’t a quick fix’ – Arteta calls for Arsenal stability

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ikel Arteta insists he still has the full backing from everyone at Arsenal and has called for stability as the club tries to turn things around.

Arsenal have made their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1974 and head to Everton on Saturday desperately needing a win.

The Gunners are currently 15th in the Premier League – five points above the relegations places – and pressure is growing on Arteta to halt the slide.

The Spaniard, however, insists the club’s owners and players are behind him, and feels Arsenal need stability now as they try to weather the storm.

“Well I said it from the start, that I felt really supported by the owners [the Kroenkes], by the board, by the technical director [Edu] and then by everybody that is at the club,” said Arteta.

“Because at the end of the day it is a feeling that I feel with the staff, with the coaches, with the players – who are the most important ones.

“What chemistry do you have with them? What understanding do you have? Do they follow you? Do they believe in what you are trying to do?

“And I always have to say thank you, because I haven’t seen anything that goes against what we are trying to do.

“But, it is like anything, in this industry you need the results. But after a big shake-up, we need to find stability and in order to do that we need time.

“We all knew, at least the people that made the decision with me to start this new project, that this wasn’t a quick fix and it was going to take time. And when you are shaking things up, things can take a while.”

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Mikel Arteta has overseen Arsenal’s worst start to a season since 1974

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Arsenal’s decline has happened at an alarming rate, as it was only back in August that Arteta was being heralded for winning the FA Cup.

The Spaniard went on to lift the Community Shield too, beating Liverpool at Wembley, and he has guided Arsenal through the Europa League group stages with a perfect record.

The club’s Premier League form, however, has been a major cause for concern andnwhile  Wednesday’s draw with Southampton prevented Arsenal from losing five home league games in a row for the first time in their history, pressure is growing on Arteta.

Arteta is appreciative of their support and thankful for it in what has been a testing first year in management.

“Well I think it has been one of the most challenging years of the club’s history for many, many different reasons,” he said. 

“I think that we have made a lot of progress and we have implemented a lot of positive things that have worked really, really well. 

“We have gone through structural changes all across the club, that obviously has shaken the club big time. 

“I would say the highlights of this year are the two trophies that we have won together. And the most disappointing thing is that we haven’t had our fans with us to take us through this difficult moment. 

“I think it could have been a really, really positive year – but the recent form in the Premier League is taking the gloss off what we have done in a calendar year. 

“But we have to accept that the Premier League form, in recent weeks, has not been good enough for this football club.”

Arsenal will be without Granit Xhaka for Saturday’s match at Goodison Park as he is still suspended, but defender Hector Bellerin is back after serving his one-game ban.

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