Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has earmarked victories over both Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund to quell a run of “disappointing results” in November thus far.
The Gunners threw away a three-goal lead against Anderlecht a fortnight ago, before dropping more points from a winning position in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea five days later as pundits launched an inquest into our defending.
We host United on Saturday, before welcoming Dortmund to the Emirates in a Champions League clash on the following Wednesday, and Arteta urges the supporters to help the team get back on song.
“We have two games, against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.
“A week ago, after three wins in a row, the place was getting back to normal with everyone looking happy. Then after two disappointing results, (it is down).
“It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation and we need to be where we want to be in April and May, so let’s be patient.”
It is refreshing to see our so-called captain take some responsbility for once, but The Gooner hopes that Arteta will be as vocal on the field during the games in question to combat further capitulations.