‘We Are Hurting And Suffering’ – Arteta Says Beating Chelsea ‘The Best Medicine’ For Arsenal

Gunners under fire boss says it takes “a lot of energy” to try to lift the spirits of his side in distress.

Mikel Arteta says that beating Chelsea on Boxing Day would be “the best medicine” to “suffer” Arsenal in a “crucial” festive period.

Arteta has come under increasing pressure with the Gunners languishing at 15th in the Premier League table.

They also fell from the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 quarter-final loss at home to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Arsenal are winless in seven top flight matches, scoring just two points since defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford on 1 November.

Arteta says a London derby win over Frank Lampard’s team would be the perfect remedy before trips to teammates Brighton and Hove Albion and West Brom.

The Arsenal manager said: “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 are losing football games you have to lift them up to put them together.

“You have to get everyone to be positive about each other, not to blame each other or any external factor when things don’t go well.

“The best thing you can do when you have a situation like that is to be able to do things off-site, put them together in a change of environment, but for now, with Covid [restrictions]We can’t do it and we probably won’t be able to do it for a while.

“We have to try other ways, but I have to say that the players are putting a lot of energy and enthusiasm to not lose what we are building, but it requires a lot of energy because we are losing games.

“Every game has a lot of weight on your shoulders, it’s a lot of disappointment and people are suffering. We are hurt and suffering and we have to go back, start to believe again and try to push the players, then they respond and are excited about the game.

“The best medicine, better than anything else that can happen outside our facilities, is to beat Chelsea.”

Arsenal are just four points above the relegation zone and Arteta knows they have to change course in a key period.

“I think the next seven to eight days will be crucial to see where we are going in the Premier League.” said the Spanish.

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