MIKEL ARTETA admits Arsenal ARE in a relegation scrap.
And the under-fire Gunners boss, 38, has warned his flops they need to choose up factors over the essential festive interval.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are within the midst of a disaster
Arsenal have solely received one in all their final ten league matches
Arsenal begin the day in fifteenth, 4 factors above the drop zone.
They host rivals Chelsea this night, desperately chasing their first Prem win since November 1, earlier than large video games in opposition to fellow strugglers Brighton and West Brom.
And Arteta declared: “The subsequent seven or eight days are going to be essential to the place we’re heading to within the Premier League. We have now a vital week, we’ve to face up and we’ve to select up factors.”
And when requested if he and his gamers now settle for they’re in a relegation dogfight, Spaniard Arteta replied: “Sure, completely.”
Arsenal have loved an uninterrupted 101 YEARS within the high flight, after being elected to the outdated First Division in 1919.
However they may begin their Emirates conflict with Chelsea simply two factors off the drop zone if Fulham beat high-flying Southampton this afternoon.
New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has already warned Arteta he’s in a relegation struggle.
And the Arsenal chief added: “It’s been us which have let ourselves down and it’s right down to us to alter it.
“I’ve to guard my gamers and I’ll hold doing it.
“Once I see they’re actually attempting and they’re attempting to do one of the best factor after which errors, errors, no matter occurs, I’ll help them to the final day — that is the best way I’ve to do it.
“They need to play on the pitch, they need to put within the performances and we’re right here to assist them as a lot as doable.
“We have now to just accept that, for the time being, it’s nowhere close to sufficient.”
Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can have a late health take a look at on his calf harm this morning however Arteta is hopeful he shall be match to face the Blues.