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Crisis at Arsenal? It is no secret that the Gunners have had an abysmal start to the season. They have lost four consecutive home games to the likes of Leicester, Wolves, Burnley and were trashed 4-1 by Manchester City in their EFL Cup quarter finals knocking them out of the competition.

The North London side have not won a game except in the Europa League since November 1, which was the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Arteta has seen his team lose five of their last seven league games and they currently sit 15th on the log, four points above the relegation zone.

Mikel Arteta has reiterated that he is assured of the fighting spirit his team possess. The Arsenal boss is faced with getting his team ready for the congested holiday fixtures.

These fixtures include matches versus West Brom,Brighton and a London Derby against Chelsea on boxing day.

“It’s a hard one to take considering how the game went. This level of opponent, when you give the goals away it makes the game impossible.” Arteta spoke on the EFL Cup defeat.

“A lot of strange things are happening in every game and that makes things very difficult.”

“We have to turn it around – there is no question with the fixture we have it’s going to decide our season.

“On the basis of what we have shown tonight against difficult opponents, I have fighters in my team. Yes, I have fighters.”

Arteta also spoke on Gabriel Martinelli who made his first start for the senior team after being out injured.

However, the Brazilian teenager was a victim of a strong challenge from City’s goalkeeper Stefan and had to be substituted in the second half.

“It was a really bad kick on his shin, it was swelling up and he could not continue.” Arteta told a news conference.

Arteta went on to praise the young forwards superb contribution in the first 45 minutes of the match.

“I think Gani has a unique energy and a way to transmit his passion for the game. I think he plays the game in a different way to any other player, we can’t compare him.

“What we have to say is it’s great to have him back to bring that spirit and that fight, and to play against this opponent the way he did it in that first half, I think that it’s something to be really proud and happy with.”

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