Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has admitted his side are a “long way” from achieving the level of performance he is targeting.
Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates last December and was credited with improving several elements of Arsenal’s play as he guided the club to an FA Cup triumph, as well as an impressive Premier League victory over champions Liverpool.
However, an inconsistent start to the new campaign – including a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in the last game before the international break which left Arsenal 11th in the table – has dented some of the optimism surrounding the club.
“We’re a long way, I’m afraid,” Arteta told the club’s official website.
“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.
“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.”