Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has sent a strong message to all Arsenal fans to bring an end to the negativity surrounding our club.
The mood around the Emirates is never really positive due to a small yet very loud section of our fan base. The defeat in our opening game last week has made things worse, and it’s not helping anyone – neither the players nor Arteta.
The Arsenal boss was asked about all the criticism in his press conference today, and Arteta was blunt. He made it clear that he’s always open to constructive criticism, but constant abuse to ‘bury us’ is simply unacceptable.
Arteta: We don’t want negativity from Arsenal fans
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “You have to play 38 games against all the teams at the end of the season and it’s the perception, the pressure and again, the negativity. I just want people that are constructive around me. I know that people have the intention to bury us and try to criticise us, but we are not interested in that.
“We have a lot of positivity and a lot of energy, new energy that is coming up. Just what I described. That in moments when there are people and there is certain negativity around the place, you need your fans and your supporters more than ever.
“They’ve always been with the team and I have no doubt that on Sunday they’re going to be right behind the team. If there is one thing that the team needs, it’s exactly that.
“If they really want to help the team, there’s not going to be a better medicine for them than to feel [the fans] very close with the right energy and supporting them and being behind them and the team is going to try their best.”
Arteta is absolutely spot on. Constant abuse and unwarranted criticism only hurt the players. In a world where there’s enough negativity already due to the impact of the pandemic, the least we can do is support our players, even if things aren’t going their way.
If the Emirates is rocking and if the fans are fully behind every player on Sunday, our chances of success will increase dramatically. Hopefully, that will be the case this weekend and beyond to give our stars the best possible chance to create something special this season.