Arsenal: Arteta urges Gunners to build on Chelsea win
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has not escaped the sack yet despite victory over Chelsea, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent. Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day to end a run of seven Premier League matches without a win. It eased the pressure somewhat on Arteta but the Gunners still sit 15th in the table.
Brighton are Arsenal’s next opponents on Tuesday (6pm) before a trip to struggling West Brom on Saturday.
They then host Newcastle United in the start of their defence of the FA Cup on January 9.
Bent believes the next three matches are crucial for Arteta and reckons anything less than three wins could spell the end for the Spaniard at the Emirates.
“It was a big result against Chelsea, a great result and a great performance,” Bent said on talkSPORT.
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“But I don’t think it’s a game like that that will get Arteta the sack. It’s the run of games coming up against Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle.
“After beating Chelsea he’s got to be looking at those next three games and thinking, ‘maximum points’.
“These next three games are make or break for Arteta at Arsenal.
“To be sitting 15th in the table, that’s not good enough for Arsenal Football Club.”
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A youthful Arsenal team brushed aside Champions League hopefuls Chelsea with ease on Boxing Day.
Speaking after the win, Arteta admitted he has felt like he has been letting the club down of late with the recent wretched run.
“Obviously results-wise in the last few weeks, we’ve all been suffering,” he said.
“I’ve been suffering and I feel very responsible for that.
“The worst feeling is because I want to do so well for this football club and now, with the moment we are in, I want to bring all of my passion, the knowledge that I have and all the right intentions to move as quickly as we possibly can as a football club.
“In order to do that we have to win football matches to be stable and win some time and when I don’t, I feel that I am letting the club down and the people who work for us down and obviously our fans too.
“It’s draining, it’s frustrating and it’s painful. But at the same time, I know that we have to fight our way back and difficult moments are when you see the right people giving me a lot of encouragement, because I see people who are willing to fight with me and the people that we have here and then it gives me energy every day to carry on.”
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