Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need immediate results and says the club will have to “roll back” after their disappointing start to the new season.
Arsenal are bottom of the Premier League table after losing their first three games against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City without scoring.
The Gunners were the league’s highest spending during the summer window and technical director Edu was forced to defend the club’s transfer policy after their slow start to the campaign.
Arteta admits he’s under pressure to deliver results but is confident his squad can turn their form – starting at home against Norwich on Saturday.
“We tried to explain the project and the decisions we made in the last few months in the transfer window,” said Arteta.
“The number of changes we’ve had in two or three years is almost 30 players. Edu explained it the way I tried.
“We’ve all been part of it, trying to create and build this project which is obviously being run by the owners. It’s a project that we believe in and that we need to assemble.
“It was the option that we believe is the best for the future of the football club. We all take responsibility because we were all involved in the decision.”
“Now we have to get it working. The complexity in football is that you want to build a medium and long term project with immediate results.
“And we have to accept that because there is no other way in football. You have to get results and we are ready to do that.”
Arsenal are expected to welcome a number of players to visit Norwich, with Gabriel, Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah returning from injury and Ben White available after previously testing positive for coronavirus.
Arteta has to do without Mohamed Elneny [thigh injury] and granite xhaka [suspended] But the Arsenal manager is happy to have almost a full squad.
“I’m really looking forward to having everyone available and trying to start the season the way we want,” he added.
“We don’t want to use excuses, but we know how difficult it was to start with, with injuries and a lot of Covid problems and extremely difficult games.
“We have to go back now, we have to start and hopefully get everyone back on track and improve our game which we have to do.”
When asked if the Norwich game was a must-win game, Arteta added: “It’s always with Arsenal. The pressure is always there to be as high as possible in the league.”
“We need this first win. We’re playing in front of our fans after a disappointing start, so it’s up to us to give everything we can to get a result in the end.”
Arsenal are hoping to get Takehiro Tomiyasu’s work permit in time for the summer to allow the Japan international to face Norwich.
Tomiyasu will meet Arteta on Thursday afternoon after his return from the national team and the Arsenal manager looks forward to working with the defender, who joined the Gunners from Bologna for £ 19.8m.
“He has the ability to play in any position in the back four,” said Arteta.
“He’s done everything in the back four and in a back three too. He gives us versatility, he gives us different qualities in this right-back position.
“He’s a player we’ve been following for a long time and he has qualities that we didn’t have in the squad.”