Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney says the players are lucky to have a ‘great manager’ in Mikel Arteta and it is them that should shoulder the blame for the terrible run of results of late.
The Gunners are in a severe rut at the moment, sitting 15th in the table after defeat to Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday night.
They have managed just 13 points from their first 12 matches and scored just 10 goals in that time.
After three wins in their opening four contests, things have soured badly for Arteta, with just one point and one goal scored in their last five outings and pressure is mounting on the rookie Spaniard.
Arteta did manage to lift the FA Cup with the Gunners at the end of last season, finishing that campaign strongly, but his job is under severe threat unless results improve very quickly.
Tierney is keen to point out that the woeful results are not down to Arteta, though, saying the players are not delivering wheat their boss is asking.
‘We are not showing the manager what we can do and how much we believe in him. Every game there are signs we are doing a bit better, but it is still not good enough. At half time we need to be going in in the lead, but we are not doing that.
‘Hard work is the only thing [that can fix this], nothing else for it. There are no excuses. There is nothing I can say that will make people believe a positive thing is going to come out of this.’
Granit Xhaka was shown a red card for grabbing Ashley Westwood’s throat with the score 0-0 against Burnley, and while Arteta admitted that cost his side, he accepts that he must do more work to improve results.
‘We were on top from the beginning to the moment of the sending off,’ he said. ‘We are not winning football matches and I am here to provide wins. Everyday [I] work on it.’
Things do not get any easier for Arsenal with league games against in-form Southampton and Everton in the next five days before an EFL Cup quarter-final with Manchester City next Tuesday.