Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal fans know what he is trying to do and if they say they don’t, then they have ulterior motives.
Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s game against Chelsea on Sunday, Arteta was asked if Arsenal fans are likely to be nervous facing the European champions. “I don’t think they will be in an apprehensive mood,” he said. “I think they will be right behind the team.
“They know what we are trying to do. They can see it. And if you can’t see it and don’t see it, it’s because you don’t want to and you want to see something different.
“But they really know what is coming, what we’re trying to do and they will be there for us. Because they know, as well, that our young players need them.
“Arsenal fans, when things are a little bit difficult, they are always behind the team. I can say that for sure as I felt it from when I was a player here.”
The question came amidst concern from some fans about Arsenal’s recent signings, losing to Brentford and the fact that there doesn’t actually seem to be much progress on the pitch after almost two years. That’s not ‘wanting to see something different’ that’s seeing what’s right in front of our faces.
I very much want to see something different. I want to see a team that is improving, a team that knows how to play attacking football and score goals. I very much want to be able to see what Arteta is trying to do, and to see it working.
That I can’t is not down to me wanting to see something else.
Arsenal’s record against Chelsea, and Arteta’s in particular, is not anything like it used to be. Arteta had only lost only once in five games against Chelsea until Sunday and Arsenal had only lost three of the last 14 against them.
That might have given the side confidence going into the game but they were brushed aside by Thomas Tuchel’s European champions with relative ease. Still, it’s good to know that it’s the fans who have the issue if we can’t see Arsenal’s progress.