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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin urged his teammates to take responsibility after calling the criticisms of Mikel Arteta “unfair”.
Arteta is approaching a year in charge of the Gunners and has already guided them to FA Cup and Community Shield success.
But now he has overseen his worst start to a league campaign since the 1981-82 season, with Arsenal losing half of their first 10 Premier League games, including three in a row at Emirates Stadium.
Sunday’s loss to the Lobos came a year after his predecessor Unai Emery was fired and The result saw Arteta questioned about whether he had any concerns about his position..
The Spaniard insisted he was not worried and his compatriot Bellerin backed the former Arsenal captain, saying he needs more time to turn the club into the force it once had.
“So unfair. So unfair ”, replied the winger when asked be in sports on speculation that Arteta would be fired.
“We have to, as players, take responsibility for this because I think we all know that Mikel and his technical team give us all the tools we need to win every game.
“When you lose a game, it’s always very easy to blame the coach. But also when the coach gives us the tools, we have to be the ones to take a step forward.
“The way Mikel plans these games, all the knowledge they give us before stepping on the pitch is second to none.
“Sometimes it’s not that easy, depending on the opponent, but that’s why football is beautiful. If you play the games on the tactics board, then it will be a completely different game. “
Bellerin insists Arsenal have improved
The next step for Arsenal is a difficult trip to Tottenham, rivals from North London, who top the table for the weekend’s games.
Arteta’s team could fall 11 points behind their neighbors if they lose on Sunday, but Bellerin asks for patience as the manager implements his long-range plans.
“I must say that when you plan to do something great, and that is what he does, change the identity of the team, the club, change the behaviors, he is not trying to make changes only on the field but off it. This is not something that can be done overnight, ”he added.
“I feel like the team has improved tremendously in many areas of the game that needed improvement. Although we are not doing so well in others, it is all part of the process. “
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