Arsenal captain on how this season CAN be a success!

After he missed the last half hour of Arsenal’s last Champions League game against Anderlecht and then the away defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta can be absolved from blame for the way the Gunners have thrown away two winning positions in a row.

But hopefully the club captain will be available again for the Gunners’ next game against Man United and he is well aware of how important it is for the players to get the fans back on side again. The Spanish midfielder is not the sort to blame his individual team mates and he has told Arsenal Player that he feels his job as captain is to keep the team morale as high as possible, even after a disappointing result or two.

But Arteta is confident that Arsenal can get our season back on track with good performances and results against United and then Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and then the good feeling would return for players and fans alike.

The Spaniard said, “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.”

This current international break has given the Arsenal players a chance to regroup and so far, the players involved in the international games have done well and will hopefully come back to the club with renewed confidence. And with players like Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Arteta himself back from injury, the Gunners have a great chance to get off the rollercoaster and keep moving onwards and upwards.

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  1. De gea out,blind out plus a sh*t defence, our boys better make us proud.the best way to defend in this game is to attack from 0 to 90 minute

    1. Funnily enough that’s exactly the kind of tactical naivety that got us spanked by liverpool and chelsea last season, and had the fans calling for the manager’s head.

  2. Honestly my main focus is for us to beat man u and get 3 priceless points at the emirates! Come on mikel and the rest of “you gunners” lets dig deep do you talking on the pitch come this weekend! Coyg!

    1. Players tend to play best against their former teams. If there is any a time we need Welbeck to go HAM, it’s this weekend.

  3. Everyones talking about man us depleted and weak defence, what about ours per and nonreal as cbs, oh sh*te!! Xhecking ‘physio room’ it states evans, jones, rafeal, degea snf falcao will be back in time to face us. If van gall plays four at the back, (id say he will) rafeal, jones, evans/smalling, and shaw is not what I’d call a cr*p defence. Let’s hope they are not fully fit and are match rusty! Going to be a tough one with a selction of rooney, rvp, di maria, falcao and mata all coming at us. No worries we have per, flamini and arteta at the back, I despair 🙁

  4. Welbeck to score a brace on saturday is the stuff dreams are made of, I’d love him to celbrate in front of van galls ugly mugg! Coyg!

  5. welbeck probably will score, but he will be decent enough not to celebrate,i xpect a win from arsenal, we need to make a statement

  6. “We need to be where we want
    to be in April – May”
    EPL+ ECL champions?
    Ummm no 🙂 4th place in the EPL
    and may be 1/4 final ECL and
    perhaps an FA cup run.
    Which would be right on target for
    the Owner the board the Manager
    the Players and most of the fans.

  7. One thing worries me about this game: when UTD played City and went down to 10 men they dug deep and actually had City on the back foot at the end of the game.
    They didn’t give up, they fought for the ball, attacked at every opportunity and swung play in their favour.
    I have serious doubts about the fight in our team at the minute, I believe the players are feeling low and frustrated by Wenger’s short comings and it is showing in their general play, Sanchez excepted.

    Come on Arsenal let’s see some of that fight we used to see in Arsenal UTD games, they were full of piss and vinegar and a joy to watch, not the insipid displays we have seen of late.
    These players should be shown some of the videos of those old games, they appear to have lost their fight.
    COYG grow a set!

  8. I would say our defense as bad as it is, is better than United (why Wenger is interested in Smalling. I don’t know). Anyway, United’s offense is better than ours.

    However, with the right line up (including Walcott, Sanchez, Welbeck) we can win. I honestly think the speed of Walcott, Sanchez, Welbeck can cause United’s defense problems. And wouldnt it be awesome to see Welbeck score . Lol

    Debuchy or Bellerin

  9. Just want to see the boys go out and beat MAN UTD. Just want welbeck to net a few passed his old team would be so priceless


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