Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has been talking about what he will do to motivate his side going forward.
The Gunners face Manchester United this weekend in a vital Premier League clash and in an interview with the club’s official website, the Spaniard said he believes his side can turn their form round after some disappointing results prior to the international break.
“We have two games against Manchester United and (Borussia) Dortmund at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again.”
Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table, only a single point outside the top-four but a huge 12 behind leaders Chelsea.
A string of defensive capitulations have led some to question Arsenal’s ability to challenge this season but Arteta hopes to lead his players by doing the right things himself.
The skipper said, “For me, the most important thing is to lead with confidence and remind the players how good they are.
“When you see some faces with disappointment and doubts it is not good.”
Arteta is saying the right things and if he can instil confidence in his teammates off the pitch there is every chance they can start winning again on it.
The international break will either be a help or a hindrance to manager Arsene Wenger as he looks to turn things round, but either way, Arsenal’s stars have had the chance to refocus in the build-up to a vital few months of domestic matters.