I want fighters not victims, says Arsenal boss

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 00:00 |
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. AFP

London, Monday

Under-pressure Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the only way the struggling Gunners are going to turn their season around is if his players show they are fighters and not victims.

The Spaniard is favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be fired as the warm glow of FA Cup success last season has evaporated fast. 

Arsenal are 15th in the table and without a Premier League win since November 1.

They have accrued just two points in the last seven games and are only four points above the relegation zone.

The only respite for Arteta -- who has been in the post for just over a year -- has come in the cup competitions.

They are through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League and on Tuesday they face Manchester City -- where he cut his coaching teeth as assistant to Pep Guardiola -- in the League Cup quarter-finals.     

“You have two types of people: fighters and victims,” said Arteta. “You need fighters and you don’t want any victims.

“Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.

“You need people who fight, people who contribute and people who are ready to give everything to the club in this moment.”

“Obviously a club of this stature deserves the best and when it is not happening, everyone is going to question what is happening.” - AFP

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