By Richard Clarke
Mikel Arteta believes everyone at Arsenal must accept responsibility for their team’s current travails – and everyone must work hard to put them right.
Arsène Wenger’s side lost 2-0 to Swansea on Saturday in deeply disappointing fashion. Two late goals from Miguel Michu sealed Arsenal’s fourth defeat of the season and pushed them down to 10th place in the Premier League.
Champions League qualification must be the initial aim. The fourth and final place is occupied by Tottenham, who are still only five points ahead of Arsenal. There is plenty of time to respond and, as Arteta outlined, his side have experience of playing catch-up.
“There was a big gap last year when we were 10 points behind Spurs and we did it,” said the vice-captain. “But we have to start right now.
“We had a great chance on Saturday because it was the start of two games at home and we have to be consistent if we want to be up there. But we did not do it.
“We know that results will bring everyone together. When they don’t come people will be criticised – the manager, players and staff. It is our fault if we haven’t done it [right] and they have every right [to react].
“They have been outstanding so far,” he went on. “We can’t ask them to be behind us if we don’t give them back what they deserve. It is up to us. We will get criticised [if we don’t win]. It is part of our jobs. The main thing is that everyone give 100 per cent now.”
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