Arteta lays blame for poor Arsenal form on players

Arsenal’s Spanish midfield playmaker, Mikel Arteta, has told Sky Sports who he feels is to blame for the club’s recent run.

When there are bad results, obviously everyone will be criticised. Not only the manager but the players and the staff, we are no different. It’s our fault if we haven’t done it,” Arteta said.

The north London club are on a poor run, with only one victory in their last six Premier League games and have fallen to 10th in the Premier League.

Arteta added: “They’ve got all the right to be upset with us.” “We can’t keep asking them to be behind us if afterwards we don’t give them back what they deserve. So it’s up to us.

Since his £10m move to the Emirates Stadium from Everton, the 30-year-old Spaniard has played 44 games for the Gunners, scoring seven times.

With boos ringing around the ground as the full-time whistle blew on Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat against Swansea, Arteta spoke about the supporters.

We have to respect what they do. We will get criticised and it’s part of our job, but the main thing is everyone gives 100 per cent and that’s what we’re trying to do. We can’t keep asking the fans to stay behind us. They will be very frustrated and it’s up to us to put it right.

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