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Mikel Arteta met with the Arsenal squad in a bid to save the North London club’s season, according to ESPN.
The Gunners are off to their worst start to a Premier League campaign and are currently 14th in the league. They have scored only ten goals in ten games and have lost five. The most disappointing part of Arsenal’s season so far has been that the performances have been as bad as the negative results.
It is understood that the Arsenal manager had clear conversations with the players that involved addressing his decline in form. The Spaniard motivated his group and thanked the players for an honest exchange of opinions. He informed the squad that he was still investigating how the news of the altercation between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz in training leaked to the press.
After the meeting, the Arsenal players had a separate meeting with each other to discuss their poor performances. It is believed that several angry words were exchanged between the players and there were even some ‘pointing’. The team meeting has been described as “stormy” and “intense” by sources. He ended up amicably with the team on the same vein of getting behind Arteta and improving their performances in the Premier League.
For the past ten years, the North London team has been accused of being soft and lacking the fight it takes to get results in moments of real pressure. Many respected football figures have spoken of Arsenal lacking leaders in the locker room. The Gunners are in a position where they need to show character to get out of the hole they are currently in.
Investigations into poor performances have not come in abundance at London Colney in recent years and he could be exactly what the club needs to start moving in the right direction again. Arteta is in the early stages of his project in the Emirates, but managers generally don’t have the time they need to bring their projects to fruition if they don’t show consistent progress. The future of the Arsenal manager depends as much on his ability as that of the players to react positively to adversity.