Mikel Arteta says he feels “responsible” for the clubs poor run during a torrid run of form.

Arteta’s side beat Chelsea on 26 December to secure a first win in the Premier League since November.
The victory followed their worst start after 14 league games since 1974-75.

“It is draining, it is frustrating and it is painful,” said Arteta, whose team sit in 15th place in the Premier League before Tuesday’s match at Brighton.

“Obviously results-wise in the last few weeks we have all been suffering, I have been suffering. I feel very responsible for that.

“The worst feeling is because I want to do so well for this football club and at the moment we are in, I want to bring all my passion, the knowledge that I have, the right intentions to move as quickly as we possibly can as a football club.

“In order to do that we need to win football matches, to be stable and win. When I don’t, I feel like I am letting the club down and the people that work for us, and obviously our fans.”

After suffering five league defeats and two draws, the 3-1 win over  Chelsea eased pressure on Arsenal boss Arteta.

Manchester City manager
Pep Guardiola said Arsenal would make a “big mistake” if they chose to sack Arteta due to their poor run.

Arteta 38 was asked whether he found being in the dugout more tiring than playing the game, Arteta replied: “The simple answer is managing.

“Because you have a lot of people around you that you have to take care of. I always say you have 70 hearts in the training ground and stadium that you have to look after everyday.

“Every decision you make has an impact on their lives, their mood and the next day.

So you are very aware of that and you get attached emotionally to them and I’m attached emotionally to this football club.”


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