Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal are ‘a long way’ from where team is supposed to be

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that the team are a “long way” from where they are supposed to be.

The Gunners made a strong start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, winning their first two games of the season before beating Leicester in the Carabao Cup.

But four defeats over the first eight games have left them sitting 12th in the table, tasting defeat against Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa and the Foxes.

And Arteta, who has recorded a 57 per-cent win rate from his first 42 games in charge, has warned his side that there is work to be done.

Speaking to the club’s website, the manager said: “We're a long way, I'm afraid.

“It's part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.

“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.

“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it's been difficult, it's been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.”

Arteta went on to explain how he hopes the north London side can achieve wins more consistently.

“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright,” he added.

“I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don't go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.

“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches."

But Arteta has been advised by Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas that he should echo rival Jose Mourinho’s management style.

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