‘It can’t happen overnight’: Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to stand behind their young team after they were booed at the end of their defeat to Chelsea before a group of angry fans surrounded the coach’s car.
- Mikel Arteta has called on Arsenal fans to stand behind their young team
- Arsenal players were booed after their 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea
- Some supporters surrounded Arteta’s car and demanded that he quit his job
- But the Spanish manager thanked the fans for the special atmosphere they created
Arsenal suffered their worst start to a season in 118 years, and fans made their feelings clear by booing at halftime and full-time on Sunday afternoon, before ringing in Arteta’s car collection after the match.
Some fans could be heard yelling for the manager under fire to leave the club trying to stop him from leaving the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta called on Arsenal fans to stand behind their young team after his players booed off the field after their defeat by Chelsea.
Arsenal suffered their worst start to a season in 118 years, and fans made their feelings clear by booing at halftime and full-time.
But while Arteta wanted to thank the fans for creating a ‘special’ atmosphere at the London derby, he also encouraged them to get behind their team because the players need them.
Talking to Arsenal official website“First of all,’ said Arteta, [I want] To say thank you because the atmosphere we saw before the game when the team was getting an introduction from every member, it was so special, I had goosebumps and I was feeling like nothing before.
Then I think they tried to support the team a lot and I know they are disappointed when you lose on home soil, there has to be some reaction, but this is a project that will take some time.
You can see and say from the hiring we’ve done and the really young squad we have at the moment it can’t happen overnight.
Frustrated supporters surrounded the manager’s car to prevent him from getting off the ground
We all want to make it as fast as possible and we know our responsibility is to fight with the big teams in every competition and that won’t change, and I think we really need them and this group of players really need them and the club now needs them next to us because we need that confidence, that support and that energy.”
Arsenal face West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and Arteta insisted he is keen to advance in the tournament.
It’s clearly a competition we want to fight for. We need to win as well.
Arteta encouraged fans to stay with his young team during this difficult period
“We had some kicks and things from the game and players who need minutes and want minutes.”
The Arsenal coach said that both new signings Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard were keen to take part in the match but that they might have to settle for a place on the bench.
‘We’ll see. They both have been training a few days, only a few days, we just got a visa from Martin yesterday I think, and Aaron was a while without training, but they both want to play.