Arsenal went into the international break on a disappointing note following unconvincing results against Anderlecht in the Champions League and Swansea in the Premier League. Captain Mikel Arteta spoke to Arsenal Player about the impact of recent performances on the players and what it takes to be a good leader.
Although the Spaniard admitted that the results had a negative impact on the team morale, he said The Gunners can change the mood in the upcoming home games against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
“We have two games against Manchester United and Dortmund at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again,” he told Arsenal Player.”
Despite their tepid display, the skipper urged that they have to maintain patience because the season is still a long way to go.
“It is a rollercoaster at the moment but we need to manage the emotion because this is a long-term situation and we need to be where we want to be in April and May, so let’s be patient.”
Arteta revealed that with the new promotion as captain, the most important thing is to lead with confidence and remind the players of how good they are.
Despite playing at the highest level of club football, he insists that the players are at times filled with disappointment and it’s his responsibility as the skipper to clear out the doubts.
Arteta – who suffered a knock against Anderlecht – will be hoping to lead his side against United and Dortmund as The Gunners approach the busy December season.