Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that his team are a “long way” off their best after their recent run of poor results before the international break.
The Gunners lost three of their four Premier League matches in between the October and November breaks; their only win came in the 1-0 defeat of Manchester United.
What’s more, their strike at Old Trafford was their only goal in that period. Indeed, Leicester, Aston Villa and Manchester City all kept clean sheets against Arteta’s men.
Speaking in an interview with the club’s official website, though, Arteta insisted that his team’s form has looked “imbalanced”.
“We’re a long way, I’m afraid,’ the Spaniard said. “It’s part of a process.
“The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.
“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.”
Arteta also pointed out several off-field issues that have caused “difficulty” over recent months. Among them was the club’s restructuring, which included the departure of key figure Raul Sanllehi.
What’s more, Mesut Ozil’s future has proved a controversial topic, the midfielder not earning a place in his team’s Premier League squad.
Challenging times for Arsenal
“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well,” Arteta added.
“It’s been difficult, it’s been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.
“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright.
“I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don’t go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.
“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”
Arsenal return from the international break with a Premier League clash against Leeds at Elland Road.