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The Gunners have yet to pick up a single point in the Premier League this season and are still waiting for their first goal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang urged his Arsenal team-mates to show a dramatic improvement after suffering a humble 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.
The Gunners, who played the final hour with 10 men after Granit Xhaka’s red card, fell to their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League in as many matches this season, and have now conceded nine times without conceding a single goal.
Despite investing heavily in new talent over the summer, things look bleak for the club as pressure rises on manager Mikel Arteta.
What has been said?
Speaking after the match, Aubameyang acknowledged that the team’s performance levels were simply not good enough.
“You have to take risks and you have to be brave on the ball, and we did not do that today,” Aubameyang said.
“After that and the red card, it was a completely different game, but as I said, it is not enough and everyone needs to raise the level, look at themselves in the mirror and work it out as a team and stick together. the only way forward.
“We have to play with courage and in this type of game you have to play with everything. You have to take risks and we just did not do enough today and that is it.
“I think we have to talk between us players. I think this is important now because we are Arsenal and we need pride. That’s it. We have to talk and tell the truth between each other, be honest and as said raise level.
“Definitely [the rebuilding process] will be difficult, but we are a team. We need to stick together at the moment. As senior players, we must also show the way to the young players. I know it will not be easy, but we will try to do our best. “
Aubameyang may have been brutal in his analysis of Saturday’s meltdown, but his thoughts were supported by the struggling Arteta.
“If he feels that way, then I really agree, because they’re the ones on the pitch and have feelings that no one else can have except them, so if that’s the case, then that’s fine,” the manager explained after the final whistle .
“I always said it, it’s me [to take responsibility]. I think I have been more critical of myself and take the blame every single time, but only when we have defeat.
“I’m standing here today and I’m doing exactly the same thing. I’m questioning myself and I need to try to have the right people around me and look at every decision that we make and that I make and try to improve it and change it if we think we should have done something different, of course. “