Mikel Arteta says it is important for him to lead with confidence when results are not going to plan.

The Gunners went into the international break on a low after drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht and losing 2-1 at Swansea City.

While Arteta accepts that morale has been dented, he says the side can quickly change the mood again by getting back to winning ways.

It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation

Mikel Arteta

“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,” he told Arsenal Player.

“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.”

As captain, Arteta has taken on the responsibility of lifting spirits and ensuring the Gunners do not let their blip continue.

“For me, the most important thing is to lead with confidence and remind the players how good they are,” he said. “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.”

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Rob Kelly 17 Nov 2014