Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come under scrutiny in the early weeks of the new season, having lost three games on the spin to start their Premier League campaign
Arsenal have no intention of sacking Mikel Arteta, regardless of how they fare in Sunday’s north London derby vs Tottenham.
After losing their first three Premier League games of the season, pressure was mounting on the Spaniard – although he has alleviated that with three victories in all competitions.
And that has seemingly impressed those in charge, with Arsenal bosses optimistic about the team’s progress under his leadership.
According to the Daily Mail, Emirates chiefs are all in on Arteta after backing him in the transfer market to the tune of £150million.
Arteta has come in for some serious flack in the opening weeks of the new campaign, admitting that it has impacted him.
“It affected me a lot,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “When we lost against [Manchester] City, I had to put things into perspective.
“In life, things happen and they come at you, we cannot choose them. How you can take them and how you benefit from those, that’s in your hands.
“I said ‘listen, this is where we are. Let’s embrace it and analyse what we can do better and what I can do better myself’.”
Asked about building a siege mentality in the face of criticism, he added: “We have that many people that care so much about this club – they want to do so well, they want to change the history, they want to make people proud.
“Let’s use these people, the ones that want to destroy us and put pressure on, we cannot control them, if one day they come on board then great.”
Sunday will be Arteta’s first clash against Spurs with fans in attendance, but the Arsenal boss is determined to enjoy the experience, rather than dwell on the pressure attached.
“To be fair, I can’t wait to have that experience,” he continued. Even right now, after such a long time without them, I have experienced some London derbies but without supporters and I am saying supporters because I think that is the word to describe the people who are behind our football club.
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“It is just a privilege to see how they are able to understand, the intelligence they have shown because it comes from the knowledge that they know about our history, they know what we want to do, what we want to achieve and they are fully behind the team.”
His counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo is also facing scrutiny after back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the Premier League.
Ahead of the game, the Spurs boss said: “We expect a tough match and for us, we have to compete, we have to play and compete well.
“Give everything that we can and play good. Playing good is finding the right balance in our game. Improvements to be made but a lot of positives that we take from the previous games, so let’s keep on going.”