Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must build momentum after picking up their first points of the season last weekend.
The Gunners head to Burnley on Saturday buoyed by the 1-0 win over Norwich City and with a week of preparation under their belts.
With most of his key players fit and an air of optimisim washing over the club following the conclusion of the transfer window, the boss knows there are no excuses when it comes to performances.
“Absolutely, now we have to put a run together,” said Arteta when quizzed about the week ahead which also includes a Carabao Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon and the first north London derby of the season.
“We know how much we need the results and the performances will lead to that. If we do what we have to do against Burnley, we’ll be much closer to achieving that.
“We’ve had a good week to prepare for the game. We know what we are facing. The challenge is going to be big, because it’s one of the toughest places to go in the Premier League. We are ready for it.”
For all their rough and tumble tactics – something that irked Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez in recent weeks – Sean Dyche’s team remain winless. All the same, having taken four points off us last season, Arteta knows his players can’t rest on their laurels.
“Obviously they had some difficulties to get results, during games that I watched, they have been pretty unlucky in certain moments because they have moments of real dominance and they end up losing matches. We know how tough it is to go to Burnley, we know the game we can expect there and we will be prepared for that.
He added: “Obviously it is going to be a completely different game that when we played against Norwich because of their qualities and the game they propose, where they want to take the game to and we will have to avoid it as much as possible and do the opposite thing.”
For the first time since the season began, Arteta looked relatively relaxed when he faced the media. After a horrifically stressful opening month, he noted: “I can really see the light. I’m telling you I’m very positive most of the time. I’ve seen the light and I can see bright lights. There can be bumps in the road within that light, but I can see a lot of light.”