Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal are ‘a long way’ from where they need to be but insists the future is ‘really bright’ for the club despite their indifferent start to the season.
Arsenal have struggled for consistency over the opening weeks of the Premier League season and currently sit in the bottom half of the division, having won four and lost four of their opening eight fixtures.
The north London side suffered a huge setback after being thrashed 3-0 at home by Aston Villa before the international break, with Arteta admitting his side were not ‘the team we’re supposed to be’ following the humbling loss at the Emirates.
Asked how far away his side are from being at the standard expected by the Spaniard, Arteta admitted the Gunners were ‘a long way’, though insisted he remains positive about the club’s future as he bids to rebuild in the coming seasons.
“We’re a long way, I’m afraid,” he told Arsenal.com. “It’s part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.
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“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.
“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it’s been difficult, it’s been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.
“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright. I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don’t go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.
“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”