The Gunners host West Brom today in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat by Swansea at the Emirates Stadium.
The situation, not helped by another loss to Olympiakos in midweek, has led to huge frustration among Arsenal fans — and Arteta says the players feel it just as keenly. He told the ‘Daily Mirror’: “People are hurting, people are upset with themselves, the players are angry. I think that’s a good thing. It’s not like players couldn’t care less, they know what they need to do.
“At Arsenal you have a group of players who want to give 100 per cent and that makes things so much easier. I always see that in the dressing room. Always.
“You look at the players’ faces, the disappointment, the hurt. They want to put it right. You’ve got players here demanding and wanting to do extra training. It’s in themselves to work harder to put it right.” While Arteta accepts Arsenal have been a long way off their best for some time now, last week’s loss to Swansea was particularly tough to take.