Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal are 'up against a big fight'

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal crisis will become ‘impossible to handle’ after yet another league defeat leaves them just five points clear of the drop zone

  • Pressure is mounting as Arsenal lost their eighth game of the season to Everton 
  • Arsenal are struggling for goals, having scored just 12 from 14 games so far 
  • CLICK HERE to read the full match report from Everton’s win over Arsenal 

Mikel Arteta admitted the crisis at Arsenal will become ‘impossible to handle’ as another defeat at Everton left them perilously close to the relegation zone with 14 points from 14 games – their worst start since 1974/75.

Arteta’s marks his first anniversary at the club on Sunday on an alarmingly downward spiral only a few months after winning the FA Cup. Saturday’s result was their seventh game without a win.

‘I am gutted for the players. They showed spirit. When we analyse the games, the margins are small but we need those margins to change quickly because you know the situation becomes impossible to handle. 

Arsenal fell to another defeat against Everton on Saturday, leaving them 15th in the league

Mikel Arteta says his players are together, but they appeared to lose their cool at times 

‘We are enormously disappointed with the defeat. After that we had complete dominance of the game but they didn’t result in big chances. And when we needed a bit of luck, we hit the post.’

Arsenal have been beset by red cards and own goals in recent weeks and saw stand-in skipper Rob Holding put through his own net at Goodison to give Everton the lead.

‘We are not going to create 15 chances against a low block, that is unrealistic, but we haven’t been accurate enough to find those combinations. Today we conceded an own goal. A lot of things happening at the same time,’ added Arteta.

He said he understood his job would be under threat if results didn’t improve quickly. ‘My energy and focus is only about getting the team out of this situation on the pitch. You can not deny the spirit. Again the result is not good enough. They are not acceptable for this football club,’ he admitted. 

Pressure is mounting on Arteta, who has seen a terrible run since winning the FA Cup

Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the game with a calf injury and could face two weeks out.

Everton are now second after Yerry Mina’s winner.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: ‘We are doing really well this season. Now we are in a good position in the table. We have shown a lot of consistency and spirit. We have to be pleased. I think we had some important injuries but tonight we were able to adapt.

‘Tom Davies did really well. Of course we are not playing fantastic attacking football but the spirit is really strong. It is why we won these three games.

‘The project is clear, to compete like we are at the moment. It will be a long season and we want to compete until the end. I think we can.’ 




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