Mikel Arteta says he’s pleased with the balance of the squad following the transfer window, and that as manager it is his responsibility to start producing results on the pitch as quickly as possible.
The Gunners face Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon having lost the three opening games of the season, and the Spaniard has been at pains to point out that any medium/long-term project can only work when coupled with results in the short term.
However, after the arrivals of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Nuno Tavares, the Arsenal boss is happy with the make-up of his playing squad.
“We are in a much better place,” he said.
“I’m happy with what we’ve been able to do with the ideas that we had. Now it’s about getting the maximum out of that team.
“As I’ve said before, the complexity in this industry is medium to long-term projects with immediate results.
“That’s where we have to find the right trick in the car to make it go fast as quick as possible and not break down.”
Asked to reflect on mistakes he might have made during his tenure, the Spaniard acknowledged that aspect of his work, with some self-reflection.
“I’ve looked at almost every decision that we’ve made,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s whether it was the right decision or not or sometimes whether it was the timing, sometimes if we could have explained earlier what we were trying to do or not.
“Certainly, I am the one responsible to make things work. We are not where we want to be and that’s my full responsibility and there’s no one else to blame.
It’s in everything; when you don’t win, you got it wrong, 100 per cent, believe me. If you played somebody, you should have played somebody else, if you made a substitution at 70 minutes, you should have done it at 25.
“It’s always like that, that blame doesn’t go away. Every time you lose a football match, it’s like this.
“What I can assure you is that everything has been through a thoughtful process with everybody involved around the club.
“When it was more down to decisions towards the team, decisions on how we’re going to play or with who, it’s always with my coaching staff.
“You have to have that inspiration, that gut feeling that you should never lose, but always with the right intentions.”
With almost a full squad to choose from for tomorrow’s game, let’s hope we can get ourselves off the mark, score some goals and win a game.
What a novelty that would be!