Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists that he has been impressed by his players’ response to their most recent defeat against Liverpool.
It was a performance to forget for the Gunners, with the Reds at their ultimate best in running away with a 4-0 victory at Anfield, a result that ended our unbeaten run of 10 matches.
We now have the task of picking ourselves up when we take on Newcastle at the weekend, and the manager insists that he has been impressed by hi squad’s reaction to the Liverpool fixture.
“I really liked the reaction that we had already in the dressing room at Anfield after the game,” Arteta told reporters in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Newcastle game (as quoted at Arsenal.com).
“How some players took leadership and described what happened in a really honest way, and looked forward.
“This is something that before it didn’t happen, and I am really pleased it is happening at the moment.
“This is not something that in a season it will never be like this, there are always bumps in the road, there are results, there are injuries, there are issues you have to deal with and I really like how the team has reacted through the week.
“There are a lot of things you can learn [from the defeat], you see the standards you have to raise to compete with those teams in that league, and how consistent they do it for every game, but as well how consistent they do it throughout the game. They dominate every area, and that’s why they’ve been so successful.”
It seems as though our team finally has much more character, belief and maturity to deal with certain situations, and the Gunners hierarchy deserves some credit for building a core of players who will take responsibility and stand up when it is needed, although it remains to be seen whether we will see what is needed when we return to the field on Saturday.
Is the team and the bosses getting enough credit for the good work they are doing of late, or is it only when problems arise that voices are heard?