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Villa thrashing ‘unacceptable’, says Arsenal boss Arteta

Gunners manager calls on players to think like a ‘big team’ after shock 3-0 defeat at the Emirates

12 November, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Mikel Arteta: ‘If someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that’

MIKEL Arteta says he expects his players to prove that Arsenal are a big club by “winning every game” – and that any other attitude when they step out onto the pitch is unacceptable.

The Gunners are languishing in 11th place in the Premier League table after losing three of their last four games.

But few of their performances have been as bad as the latest one, a 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Arteta accepted responsibility for Sunday’s loss, but insists he won’t accept a casual attitude towards results.

Asked whether it was just one of those unfortunate defeats that come along sometimes in football, the Arsenal boss told the club’s website: “Not for big teams. Big teams can’t afford that. We cannot afford that.

“You win a football match, two football matches, three.

“We expect to win every game and this is the standard that we have to set. So if someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that.

“I’m not going to accept that mindset at all, and it’s obviously not what this club deserves.”

Desperate to start putting things right, Arteta added: “I think that since I arrived here, Sunday was the first time that I’ve felt that we performed really under our standards and what we are trying to set at this football club. It’s unacceptable.

“I would like to have a game tomorrow morning to get this one out of the system. But as well, in difficult and bad moments, you get a lot of things. I want to see how people react, how players react, and if we start to blame each other or if we just look at ourselves in the mirror and then try to become much better than what we’ve shown, which we are. Then, after that, get everybody back together and get the fighting spirit, the belief and the commitment that we’ve shown since I got here, into every game.”

It’s not just the defeats, but the nature of the matches that has got Arsenal fans worried. They have scored just once in their last four league outings, making them one of the lowest goal-getters in the division.

Arteta has acknowledged it is a concern that he will have to quickly remedy if the north Londoners are going to turn things around and start climbing up the table.

He said: “To become a top team you have to score 90 or 100 goals to be competing with the top guns, and it’s a challenge for us and an area that we have to improve and do better in.”

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