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Mikel Arteta understands the pressure he is under after Arsenal’s dismal Premier League campaign continued with a 2-1 loss to Everton.
Nicolas Pepe’s penalty nullified Rob Holding’s own goal at Goodison Park on Saturday, but Yerry Mina scored what turned out to be a winning goal in the 45th minute.
Arsenal’s 14 points from 14 games is their worst record at this stage of the season since the 1974-75 campaign (converted to three points per win).
With his team just four points away from the relegation zone, Arteta said he understood the pressure he was facing.
“Obviously it is a really difficult situation, but I am very encouraged by what I see of the players to try and continue doing what we are trying to do with things. Of course, we have to improve, ”said the Arsenal manager at a press conference.
“But I also think we’ve been very, very unlucky not to score many, many more points in this position.”
Arteta added: “My energy and my focus are only on getting the team out of that situation, maintaining the team spirit, the struggle that the guys show every time they enter the field and the energy that the guys show on the field. . You can see that, you can’t deny it.
“Obviously, we are against the results, there is no doubt about that. It is not good enough, it is not acceptable by the standards of this football club and this is the challenge. And the fact that we are against it. “
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Arsenal are without an open-play goal in any of their last five Premier League away games.
Arteta said a combination of things was hurting Arsenal, which is in action again with the EFL Cup quarter-finals against Manchester City on Tuesday.
“The opponents are not generating anything. We lost to Burnley without conceding a single shot on goal. This is how teams win a lot of games in the Premier League, ”he said.
“And we’re not going to generate 15 or 20 chances against blocks like that, it’s not realistic. When we’ve gotten it right, we haven’t been precise enough to finish those actions, so it’s a bad combination.
“Sometimes it has been that we played with 10 men, the other week we conceded an own goal, today we conceded an own goal. Many things happen at the same time and when that happens it is difficult. “