Arsenal’s Arteta frustrated by constant talk of van Persie

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has admitted his annoyance at constant talk of the impact of the departure of Robin van Persie on the fortunes of the Gunners, insisting that a period of adaptation was inevitable once the Netherlands international moved on, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Arsene Wenger’s side have yet to score a Premier League goal since van Persie joined Manchester United, registering goalless draws against both Sunderland – at home – and Stoke City on their travels. But Arteta believes it was always going to take time for the team to get used to playing without their talisman, who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season.

Arteta said: “All the talk about Robin all of the time…you can get frustrated. You cannot do in two games what it has taken eight years to create. It’s impossible. Robin is obviously a really good player, he scored almost every time we played in the league last year. It’s tough.

The Spanish midfielder also defended the two new Arsenal strikers, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, from criticism and complaints they are not the same calibre of player as van Persie. Arteta argued that Giroud in particular is still finding his feet in English football – and that there are not many players who are of the same quality as van Persie.

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