Mikel Arteta believes that the outcome of Arsenal’s next three games will be crucial if they are to avoid being drawn into a relegation fight.
The Gunners have failed to win in their last seven Premier League appearances, a streak that has dropped them to 15th in the table – just four points above the drop zone.
The busy Christmas schedule sees Arsenal play three league games over the next eight days – with trips to Brighton and West Brom to follow their massive Boxing Day clash with Chelsea – and Arteta has hinted his side could be in a relegation fight if she didn’t choose. points.
“I think the next seven to eight days will be crucial to see where we go in the Premier League,” he answered the relegation question, as reported by Goal.
The Carabao Cup exit on Tuesday at the hands of Manchester City complicated the miserable few months for the club, and Arteta stressed his side were feeling the pain of their miserable form, although a win over Chelsea on Boxing Day could help. to take up the challenge. atmosphere.
“Right now, to keep the team together, to keep the team alive and to be a team, not a group of players, it takes a lot of energy, because when you lose football matches you have to raise them, together, ”he added.
“You have to get them all to be positive about each other, not to blame or blame each other for any other external factor when things don’t go well.
“The best thing to do in such a situation is to have the ability to do things outside the site, to bring them together in a change of environment, but for the time being with Covid [restrictions], we can’t do it, and we probably won’t be able to do it in a while.
“We have to try other ways, but I have to say that the players really put a lot of energy into not losing what we are building, but it takes a lot of energy because we are losing games.
“Each game weighs a lot on your shoulders, it’s a lot of disappointment and people are suffering. We are hurting and hurting and we have to come back and start believing again and trying to push the players, and then they respond and get excited for the game.
“The best remedy, better than anything that can happen outside our facilities, is to win against Chelsea.”