Mikel Arteta has admitted that he and his Arsenal team-mates are worried by their recent form and has vowed to put things right.
Despite losing skipper Robin van Persie in the summer, the Gunners made a solid start to the campaign, with summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla adapting to life in the Premier League with relative ease.
However, they appear to have lost their way in recent weeks, failing to win in each of their last three Premier League games and go into Saturday’s match against West Brom sitting a lowly tenth in the table, with some soccer betting news experts tipping the Baggies for a shock win.
This has once again raised questions about Arsene Wenger’s position at the club, with some Premier League betting news writers speculating that after seven years without a trophy, the board are starting to grow disillusioned with the Frenchman’s methods.
The players have also come in for their own fair share of criticism and a number of key stars have been singled-out, most notably Theo Walcott whose performances appear to have dropped as his future at the Emirates Stadium continues to be questioned.
However, Arteta has now hit back at the negative press and insists the squad are determined to turn their fortunes around and that some of the side have even asked for extra training.
“People are hurting, people are upset with themselves, the players are angry,” Arteta told the Daily Mirror. “I think that’s a good thing. It’s not like players couldn’t care less, they know what they need to do.
“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.”