Although we have 'a lot of rocks in our way' Mikel Arteta is more convinced than ever that we can achieve our goals this season.
Wednesday's defeat at Manchester City leaves us in ninth place but with nine Premier League games still to play, our head coach is confident that we can put together a strong end to the season.
"I cannot deny that there have been some big challenges along the way but as well I feel so privileged," he said. "It's an honour to be in the position that I am.
"Every decision that I'm going to make is to defend the club in the best possible way, and then get the players on board, get their trust, get them behind me to believe in what I'm trying to do. They seem very convinced.
"We have a lot of rocks at the moment in our way. Last night we had a few more but I am more convinced than ever. We had something against us and that is time. In football, time is difficult to buy and patience is a little bit difficult to do. But I am convinced because I've seen it with my eyes on a daily basis, a process that takes time and time and time.
"At the moment, they look like they're going to be flying but we need a little bit of time because a lot of things have happened, more than we expected, in this process. I've been here five months. Time in football is difficult to buy."
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