I want fighters not victims – Arteta

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Under-fire Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta says the only way his struggling ‘Gunners’ are going to turn their season around is if the players show they are fighters and not victims.

The warm glow of FA Cup success last season has evaporated fast as Arteta is likely to be the next Premier League coach to be fired.

Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League match since November 1 and currently occupy 15th place on the log standings. They have picked just two points in the last seven games and are only four points above the relegation zone.

However, Arteta, who has been in the post for just over a year is doing well in cup competitions as Arsenal managed to make it through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League and on Tuesday they face Manchester City in the League Cup quarter-finals.

“You have two types of people: fighters and victims. You need fighters and you don’t want any victims,” said Arteta.

“Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.

“You need people who fight, people who contribute and people who are ready to give everything to the club in this moment.”

The Spaniard says he ignores what is written about him and the club, insisting that all that matters is the feeling within the club – and there, he claims, it is a wholly supportive atmosphere.

“Obviously a club of this stature deserves the best and when it is not happening, everyone is going to question what is happening,” concluded Arteta.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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